Does the photographer in the situation pictured below have an obligation to do something? What should the role of the photographer be in a difficult, violent, or life- threatening scenario?
This may sound very, very strange and unorthodox but I feel that even if the situation is rather hostile as depicted in this photo, I think that the photographer should have captured it without intervening because of two reasons. First of all, 1 photographer with a noble heart working alone cannot be enough to ensure safety of the ones being attacked (even if it sounds harsh).
And second and more importantly, events like this riot should be documented through visuals; photographic evidence. Without such, the true reality of it happening wouldn’t be quite enough if words alone were to be the sole definition of such event. Even as future pupils at schools learn about historical revolts, photos must exist to illustrate the actual tension that happened.