New York Times Art Critic reviews "Controversies: A
Legal and Ethical History of Photography," recently on view at the
Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris
There is a civil contract implied by photographs.
An Israeli writer, Ariella Azoulay, published a book making that point.
Henri Cartier-Bresson made it too. He described shooting pictures of
people as a "sort of violation," adding, "if sensitivity is lacking,
there can be something barbaric about it." There can be, of course, and
not just when the subject doesn't like the image.
We, viewing the pictures, are complicit. As consumers of images we bear witness through them. Or we're voyeurs.
Read the complete review in The New York Times.