3. ARE YOU AN OBSERVER OR AN INFLUENCER?

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COMING FROM A background in anthropology, I have long felt that photographers can be easily compared to anthropologists. We are all students of the scenes unfolding before us, attempting to understand, analyze, and describe the world through a lens based on human consciousness. We also share an odd attraction to tiny notebooks and vests with too many pockets. One distinct difference is that whereas anthropologists receive extensive training in the potential pitfalls and biases of interacting with subjects, many photographers might not give this concept a moment’s thought. After all, we are raised with an ...

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