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Street Photography and the Fear of Terrorism

by Vivien Park

Why does street photography make us paranoid? In "Stand Your Ground," a short film made for the London Street Photography Festival, six photographers were given an assignment to capture images of public space in different parts of London. All six were asked by security to stop, and three were confronted by the police. While no one was arrested and the exchanges were primarily civil, the scenarios were still unsettling. Boundaries between private and public space are at times ambiguous. How do we start defining these boundaries? And is it possible to protect the rights of all parties involved?

Credits: Video produced by the London Street Photography Festival.

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