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Extreme street photography or ambush photography?
Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 12:12 PM on 04.17.13
->> http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2013/04/johnny-tergo-drive-by-portraits/?viewa...
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Jeff Fusco, Photographer
Philadelphia | PA | USA | Posted: 12:37 PM on 04.17.13
->> I think it is a brilliant idea. Wonderful images.
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Curtis Clegg, Photographer
Sycamore | IL | USA | Posted: 7:10 PM on 04.17.13
->> I like the idea and the images. The concept vaguely reminds me of the work Philip-Lorca diCorcia over a decade ago on a sidewalk in Times Square. There was a lawsuit.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2011/05/sidewalk-art.html
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Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 7:30 PM on 04.17.13
->> Interesting idea. Cool photos. But how long before he either causes an accident or gets into one? iPhones are distracting enough.
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 8:58 AM on 04.18.13
->> Accident? You mean altercation, don't you? Drive up, fire away, surprise somebody, then speed away. And this is art?
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Sam Morris, Photographer
Henderson (Las Vegas) | NV | USA | Posted: 10:30 AM on 04.18.13
->> Jeff Stanton, is it art if you don't surprise someone? Or do you not consider any candid or street photography a form of photographic art? It's fine if you don't - there are some forms of art I don't like or I would withhold the term "art" from. I'm just curious, because to me, what you describe is essentially the same as "walk up, click Leica (or iPhone), do it so you are not noticed then walk away."

Thanks for the link on Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Curtis. I hadn't heard about that situation.
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Michael Myers, Photographer
Miami | Florida | USA | Posted: 10:58 AM on 04.25.13
->> I agree that it is "art" (as I enjoy candid photography).

I also feel there is something "wrong" here, as you're intruding into someone's life. To me, candid photography means taking photos of people, who aren't really paying much attention, if any, to the fact that you have a camera.

(I'm not sure how safe this is either, as one of the unwilling subjects may pull out a gun and start shooting with something more serious than a flash.....)
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Scott Evans, Photographer
Bay Village | OH | USA | Posted: 3:44 PM on 04.26.13
->> I tend to agree with Michael that it just doesn't seem right on a personal level. Artistically, I simply don't understand the merit in these beyond being well lit. Unique? I guess they are somewhat and I'll give a tip of the hat to the technical aspect of what he accomplished but, in my opinion, these are not great photos, even as snapshots. It's obviously just my opinion but I don't connect with the images or their subjects when I look at the images and there's not much intrigue to make me want to do so either. I suspect that has much to do with the nature in which they were captured.
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Walt Middleton, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbus | OH | USA | Posted: 9:12 PM on 04.26.13
->> Anything can be considered art...
My dad would tell me when I was a kid that art was in the eye of the beholder... Well... That being said... I don't like it. So... for me it isn't art... Just some guy driving around and annoying people on the side walk...

And Michael Myers... I agree... how soon till we hear about this guy getting shot by one of his unsuspecting subjects?
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 9:36 AM on 04.27.13
->> L.A. + drug dealers + gang members + cartel members + drive by ambush "art" photographer = multiple gunshot wounds

that's just bad math.
but I've always read arteests suffer for their "art".

teehee.
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Bradly J. Boner, Photographer, Photo Editor
Jackson | WY | USA | Posted: 9:53 PM on 04.27.13
->> While the photos are kinda cool I think the means by which they are obtained are a tad on the douchey side.
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