While studying abroad, naturally, you will want to document your experience through photographs. Before snapping that perfect shot, you should consider a few things. This U-M guide to ethical photography will help you think critically about photography abroad.
Consider why someone may not want their picture taken. Recognize that many countries have an exploitative history of foreigners documenting what they perceive to be “exotic” subjects. There can be many reasons that an individual may decline having their picture taken, but here are a few of the most common:
Remember: Regardless of the reason, all individuals have the right to deny you their photograph!
Did you know that in many host countries, photography is significantly restricted?