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Eirik Johnson on the Meaning of Giving Prints to Subjects

July 31, 2017

By Conor Risch

© Eirik Johnson

While working in Peru early in his career, Eirik Johnson began giving prints to his subjects, a practice he continues today. Showing them what he made helped build trust and was a way to say, “This is what we did together,” he says.

In our story “You’re Not From Around Here,” Eirik Johnson discusses the ethics of photographing a community of homeless people on assignment for Pacific Standard Magazine. Johnson created the story by making large-format portraits of people living in a city-sanctioned tent encampment. He also recorded interviews with his subjects, which were turned into as-told-to texts that ran in the magazine...

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