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The Art of Photography

Below are the agreed upon guidelines and agreements for the community based photography artists, describing how photography should be done.

  • Consent for photography - Ask First

  • I am committed to ask for Consent before taking a photo/video. 

  • I am committed to ask for consent to publish the photo in the community.

  • I am committed to ask for consent to publish the photo in any other public forum. 

  • I am committed to delete any photo at the request of any of the photographed subjects - at any time after the photo was taken, including after its publication.

  • I know that photography of minors is allowed only with the explicit approval of their legal guardian.

  • De-Commodification

  • Photography for commercial purposes is prohibited and contradicts the nature of the event and the Ten Principles of Midburn. 

  • Publication of photos/videos in the press or on TV is allowed only with explicit authorization from the Midburn Spokesperson's Department, and requires signing a special agreement prior to the event. 

  • Publications in exhibitions, museums and/or books are allowed only with explicit authorization from the Midburn Spokesperson's Department and require signing a special agreement prior to the event. 

  • It is prohibited to sell photographs or videos taken at Midburn events, whether by themselves or as part of photo archives. Publishing in Editorial databases is allowed, subject to prior approval by the Midburn Spokesperson’s Department.

  • Credit

  • Photography and all of its aspects are a product of joinזt self-expression of the photographer and the subject. This includes the photography of art installations. 

  • In accordance with the event’s rules and regulations, the rights for all photos are shared between the Midburn association and the photographers.

  • Drone regulations

  • As of 2023, Israeli law permits only licensed operators to fly drones.

  • Operating a drone without approval by Midburn’s Media Department is prohibited. 

    • An approved drone operator must follow the same rules and regulations as approved photographers. 

What is the right way of doing it?

This is a collection of guiding principles, designed to help us feel at ease in the space of the event and in the relationship between photographer and subject.

  • Consent - ask yourself

  • Am I intruding into the personal space of the subject?

  • Does the picture show respect to the subject?

  • Avoid wide angle photos that include a large number of participants who did not provide informed consent.

  • Communication

  • Before taking a photo, engage in verbal communication with the subject. 

  • Midburn is a community - try to find the people you feel connected to and document from a friendly space of common understanding. 

  • Sharing

    • Photography is a gift for the community - sharing the photographs with those in the photo is highly recommended.

  • How to approach?

  • Try to be part of the experience and not watch from the sidelines. 

  • Immediacy - experience the moment before you pull out the camera. You might “miss a shot” sometimes, but you may gain an experience that will last forever. Take extra care not to interrupt the subject(s) of the photo when they are enjoying the moment.

  • Try to use close distance photography - it will lead to better communication, sensitivity to the surroundings, and better results.

  • Observe and recognize the sensitivities and boundaries of those around you- create trust between the subjects and the camera.

Note: In the above, the words “photography” and “image” refer to still photography as well as video shooting. 

This document is not a legal one. The rules and regulations of photography in the event are included in the Midburn events conditions of participation.

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