SFU FORUMS – Looking at the City Streets through a Viewfinder: Photographers and the Human Spectacle

Saturday, November 30, 2013, 1:30 – 3:00pm
Surrey City Centre Library, Room 401

A voyeur lurks in each of us, noticing, seeing, analyzing, and sometimes capturing the thousands of small dramas, both tragic and comic, that are played out every second on city streets across the globe. We will look with curiosity behind the lenses of street photographers to understand why – and how – they capture the minute dramas of daily existence.
Every photographer chooses (or not) to reveal himself or herself to a passerby and to interfere with the fluidity of a spontaneous moment. Each such decision entails legal, social, and ethical questions. Who makes the rules? Where do you draw the line? Such questions always stir heated discussions not only among professionals but also among the public who, after all, stand in front of the lenses.