Figuring Out the Fine Line Between Street Photography and Privacy

Or at least trying to do so.

Anne Murayama
4 min readFeb 6, 2020
Erin Cross. Tokyo, 2018.

Fujifilm announced its new X100V camera, and along with its hype came this sad thing. A street photographer whom I respect is being attacked by many people, some are his fellow cameramen, and most of them are his fellow Japanese, too.

Apparently, the video, which Fujifilm uploaded which featured Tatsuo and his “milestone” of shooting with the said camera series, sparked anger, disgust, and fear against him.

I haven’t watched the entire video; I was planning to do so when I finish work. But on the same day it was uploaded, it was also taken down.

But since whatever happens on the Internet, doesn’t really just stay on the Internet, the video is still out there somewhere. I wouldn’t describe what’s on the video because that’s far beyond my point here.

Case in point number one: the fragility (and complication) of street photography.

Street photography has always been linked with people’s privacy and consent. It’s a given that most street photographers do not ask permission when photographing someone they come across. Since I also do it — heck, I just wrote something about taking pictures of sleeping strangers…

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Anne Murayama

fka Erin Cross. Based in Tokyo, Japan. Black and white visual storyteller.