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The life and business of an independent street photographer

Published 18.02.13 at 16:19

David Hoffman's life as a photographer is dedicated to recording citizens' protest against executive and economic power. Here he talks about being independent from commissions, clashes with the police and the changing profession.

Mark Stephens, CBE, Partner at HowardKennedyFsi LLP (formerly Finers Stephens Innocent) provides legal commentary, in particular on the important issue of privacy. 

Watch our video The life and business of an independent photographer on the Own-it London channel on Vimeo.

Please note that this video discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.

In what is an increasingly competitive industry, a good knowledge of IP issues is essential for the budding photographer. For more information see our FAQ - I'm a photographer - What do I need to know about IP?


Who owns the copyright in a photograph?

Making a living from photography

Photographing other people's property

Private lives: Photographing people

Keeping it covered: Licensing for photographers

Picture this


Interviewee: David Hoffman

Lawyer: Mark Stephens CBE, HowardKennedyFsi LLP

Camera: Donald Bousted

Camer Assistant: Alex Hedley

Past Production: Best Bits Media Ltd

Produced by Silvia Baumgart

Narrated by Nick Kaplony

Photographs © David Hoffman

Commissioned by Own-it


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