Malek Bigum and the ethics of street photography

“Most people probably find it strange, what I do. Taking photos of strangers.
Some would probably argue that you exploit these people when you take their photo and put it on Instagram. I don’t know if I think it’s okay, myself. In a way, it’s not okay.

But I feel it’s necessary for someone to document the realities.”

Malek Bigum, from his Ilford #MyFilmStory.

That’s an interesting, thorny question. How should we balance privacy with historical documentation? I won’t even try to answer, because in the very next quote Bigum explains his stance against manufactured perfection in a way that is, for me, absolute perfection.

See it for yourself.

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