Are we supposed to erase images of people to make photographs palatable for the art market? I suppose people are disturbed by the idea of, in the words of Shulman, ‘using people.’ It is disturbing. Photographs of people use people. It makes us uncomfortable. But it is also what makes the medium so potent.
Photographers shy away from people for a lot of different reasons, but I know that I often find myself doing it for this one. Liberal guilt.