Motifs / Responsibility

On little-photo-college.net there is an endless amount of information about photography. The aim is to provide basic knowledge to achieve better photographs. However, the technical and artistic implementation is only a part of (but an important one) the photographic process. At this point I would like to emphasise the photographer’s responsibility.

On little-photo-college.net there is an endless amount of information about photography. The aim is to provide basic knowledge to achieve better photographs. However, the technical and artistic implementation is only a part of (but an important one) the photographic process. At this point I would like to emphasise the photographer’s responsibility.

Photographing people can be perceived as intrusive, not just by the person being photographed. The decision as what you are allowed and are not allowed to photograph is not always a question of legality. Photographers are especially challenged in foreign cultures and constantly have to question their actions.

As a motto for this topic, a quotation by Robert Lebeck, one of the most important German photo journalists, can be used very effectively.

“Take photos in a manner that will allow you to return“
"Immer so fotografieren, dass man wiederkommen kann" (LEBECK R.)

Or…
Two travellers are strolling through a slum. one of them sees a ragged and emaciated body. Hastily he hastens over to the poor creature in order to capture the image of his life to put in his photo album at home. After making his way back to his travelling companion, his companion asks him what he gave the poor person. he replies: “Diaphragm 2.8 and a fifieth of a second“.

Reading tip:
On photography by Susan Sontag
A highly recommendable book on photography that stimulates and gives you something to think about!

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