Friday, February 5, 2010

Out of sight

There was some discussion in the newsroom about which photo to use in the story of the city cracking down on pandhandlers.

Most of the pandhandlers for the story were homeless people and the question came up whether to photograph their faces. Since they are standing in a public place and calling attention to themseleves any right to privacy argument doesn't apply. It became more of a sensitivity issue. I got shots of both their faces and just close ups of the signs they held.

Either picture has their merits but maybe the one without a face shows the issue of them being a faceless member of the community. I was kind of torn, I thought either photo could work but I didn't think we should reject the photos that showed their faces just because we could tell who they were.

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