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Street photographer attacked on social media for taking photos in public

The post Street photographer attacked on social media for taking photos in public first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jaymes Dempsey.

Image: Joshua Rosenthal’s Instagram feed.

Instagram feed from Joshua Rosenthal.

Are you a street photographer?

Have you thought about what could go wrong in your work?

Most street photographers don't.

But maybe they should do that.

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Joshua Rosenthal is your average street photographer. He goes out with his camera, photographs people in public places and places the photos on his website and Instagram. He does no harm and it does not bother anyone.

Until this past week, when Rosenthal's actions attracted a lot of attention – and not in a good way.

Rosenthal traveled to the Ventura County Fair in California. He walked around and photographed fairgoers. People noticed, became suspicious, and the police questioned Rosenthal. But doing photography in a public space is not a crime and so nothing has ended up.

According to the police:

“Police officers contacted the subject on that date and contacted them again today for questioning. No crime occurred during this incident.

Rosenthal probably thought that interrogation at the fair was the end of things; after all, he had not broken the law.

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So it was probably a big surprise when he woke up the next morning and found his name everywhere on social media, in addition to accusations of pedophilia and predatory behavior.

As it turned out, a number of funfairs took videos ' s and photos ' s from Rosenthal at the fair, on which Rosenthal depicted photos ' s from a young girl. These videos & photos ' s were immediately circulated on social media and attracted intense attention.

On one poster it says: ' Hey mom and dad, watch out for this P.O.S. at the fair. He is going to take photos of … little girls in dresses. "

Another poster compared Rosenthal's actions with traffickers, while a third wondered if he was a ' perv ' is.

Rosenthal was again interrogated by the police but was not arrested. We can be confident that no legal action will be taken against Rosenthal.

Rosenthal, however, has plans. He will contact the ACLU, which deals with civil freedom issues. He explains: "This is more about the first amendment and doxing than about me." He also apologized to the parents of the girl he photographed.

For all street photographers out there:

How would you handle this scenario? And how do you deal with taking pictures of children?

One way to prevent things like this is to ask permission before you take pictures of children. The parents can refuse, and that's fine; there are enough people to photograph in the world!

Another way to protect yourself is to prevent your children from photographing completely. As Rosenthal discovered, parents are often extremely uncomfortable with photographing their children, and for good reason. Although there are many harmless photographers, dedicated street photographers are not the only people who take pictures of children.

What do you think? Do you have tips for avoiding these difficult situations? Do you feel comfortable photographing children?

Leave a comment below!

The post Street photographer attacked on social media for taking photos in public first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jaymes Dempsey.

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