IanDavidson Posted February 20, 2020 Share Posted February 20, 2020 (edited) There is a tweet from Laura Whitmore, who is, I understand, some minor celebrity on Love Island. It is a complaint and a video of a confrontation with a photographer at a (South African ) airport who was taking photographs. Ms Whitmore complained she was mourning the death of her friend Caroline Flack. In the comments there is a bit of an outpouring of vile against photographers including suggestions of physical violence. I do understand the issue of mourning and this is specifically mentioned in the Editors code. I would certainly not, knowingly, intrude. In the comments it is pointed out that a couple of days before she had been photographed partying at the Brits. I generally don’t photograph TV celebs, mainly because I don’t know who they are. But, I do take the view (and is the legal standpoint) that if someone is in a public place there is no expectation of privacy. My view is that if you make your fame/money in the public view then there is the cost of public recognition/interest. Those of us in the business are aware of show business agents tipping off togs about celeb visits to restaurants, clubs etc. I may be wrong but there is something about the cake and eat it situation. it was also noted that paps only take photos that sell and if there wasn’t a demand the photos would not be taken. The videoing of the photographer and the subsequent suggestions as to his future is, one could argue, just as bad.... Every photographer has their limits and the vast majority of us know how to behave. Threats, naming and shaming helps no one and will undoubtedly make all our professional lives more difficult. Edited February 21, 2020 by IanDavidson 3 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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