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The Story Behind That Picture: "Shooting People in Public"

By: Thorsten Overgaard [In Danish] . March 18, 2010

A lot of photographers like to shoot people in the streets, but of course has trouble finding out how to go about with it. Should one ask for permission, develop sneaky ways of doing it, or simply do it upfront?

It's allowed in most countries to shoot in public places, and even private property such as a railway station or a supermarket may count as public because that is what it is: Open to the public. But that doesn't mean that some security guard may not try to prevent it, or parents if you shoot children in a public playground.

My own personal rule is that I will only shoot pictures of people that will do something good for them. So if someone feel offended by it, parents gets nervous, someone feel their privacy is threatened, an illegal worker is documented working ...  well, it's not going to do any good for them.

In any case, here are some photos from Los Angeles I did the last couple of weeks.

 

 

 

The Thorsten Overgaard Photography Extension Course 2010

 

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Leslie David Baker on Hollywood Boulevard.
Leslie David Baker on Hollywood Boulevard.

 

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Working at Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles (photo by: Richard Yee)


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Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles the other day, photographed with Leica M9 digital rangefinder camera

 


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Thorsten Overgaard
Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish born multiple award-winning AP photographer, known for his writings about photography and Leica cameras. He travels to more than 25 countries a year, photographing and teaching workshops which cater to Leica enthusiasts. Some photos are available as signed editions via galleries or online. For specific photography needs, contact Thorsten Overgaard via e-mail.

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