Photoburglar Photoburglar


"I take what I see".

A few years ago I was reading an interview with a photographer whom I won't name here. He was treating us to his opinion on the rights and wrongs of obtaining permission when photographing people. He said he would always obtain the subject's agreement.  "I don't want to be a photoburglar"  quoth the paragon. I thought of Henri Cartier-Bresson, standing in the shadows with his black Leica, trying to remain invisible. I thought of Gary Winogrand, who can be seen on film openly taking phtotgraphs of people without asking their permission. I remembered Joel Meyerowitz, Saul Leiter, Tony Ray-Jones and many many more, heroes all and I thought "That's exactly what I want to be, a Photoburglar".

Stephen Percival

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