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This picture of an old man that I took in Hong
Kong in 1975 is one of my very first travel por-
traits. The man was posing for pictures and charg-
ing $1. After paying him $1, I raised my camera to
take another picture, and he immediately raised
his arm and gestured, $1 more. I gladly paid the
fee and took another shot.
In my travels, when it comes to photographing
adults, I pay them—anywhere from $1 to $10, de-
pending on the subject. I figure that I am getting
something out of the photo session, and so should
they.
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I never pay children, because it promotes begging.
Rather, through my guide, I ask about making a
donation to the local school, which is what I did
here while photographing this class assembly in
a remote village in Bhutan. That way, I am happy
and the school is happy. We both get something
out of it.
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If you plan to photograph people in foreign lands,
travel with a bunch of singles in your pocket.
Keep them separate from your wallet so that you
have easy access to them.
When I travel with a group on one of my work-
shops to a remote location, we often make a con-
tribution to the village, town, or community in
which we are shooting. Thats what we did when
we took this photo on one of my Kenya work-
shops, where we each contributed to a fund to
help the Massai people.

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