Photographer Interviews

A Formerly Homeless Photographer on How to (and Not to) Photograph Homeless People

August 9, 2017

©Sam Wolson

Shanon Fulcher (Bam) in the public square in front of the city hall in downtown Oakland, California. From "This Life I Lead" by Sam Wolson

Photographer Robert Shults, who was homeless and living on the streets for several months in 2001, explains the ethical challenges of photographing homeless people, and points out good and bad examples of photo projects about them. PDN: How have the homeless fared under the gaze of photojournalists? Robert Shults: One of the issues homeless people face perpetually is that they’re...

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