I don't get street photography. Please explain

Started May 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
TrapperJohn
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I feel somewhat the same way
In reply to americanclassic, May 4, 2013

I find the destitute people shots, those composed to be 'shock' or pity generating, to be somewhere between patronizing and exploitation for personal amusement. Perhaps some can rationalize this as 'drawing attention', but that belongs as an adjunct to a story, not as art unto itself.

It's not that people live in a condition that most of us might find unpleasant, it's that someone chose that as a subject for pity, thereby conveying an elitist judgment.

OTOH, the more typical street scenes in metropoli far from where I live, shots that show the typical bursts of color and energy found in a bustling city, that I find very interesting.

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