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Jun 12, 2012 06:28 |  #1

I have a project coming up which will involve me taking shots of homeless people, drug users, street beggars etc. The idea is for these shots to be used in a book and perhaps a small exhibition. The subjects will in most cases be recognisable so would I need to get them to sign a release for the above use?

I'm Glasgow, UK based so it would come under UK/Scottish law.


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Jun 12, 2012 10:21 |  #2

I'm not sure about the UK but here I would most definitely get a release signed. Particularly given the subject matter, these people may not wish to have their images displayed in relation to the subject.


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Jun 12, 2012 10:43 |  #3

Cheers mate.

I will be talking to them and letting them know why I'm taking the shots. The theme won't be manipulative or such. It's intent is a photo realistic document of people that we all see in out lives, but filter out as we go on with our day.

I see these people all the time when I'm out taking river shots, many times they have asked for me to take their "picture" but I didn't because it didn't feel right, but now I has become part of a project so I'm confident they will be okay once I explain that I'm trying to tell their stories.


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Jun 12, 2012 12:26 as a reply to  @ PMGphotog's post |  #4

No there is no legal requirement for a model release for the use you described (prints displayed in galleries and photo books). You only need a model release if you intend to use an image of someone to promote, advertise or market a company/product/servic​e.

In fact I have yet to find any source that says there is a legal requirement for model releases at all under English or Scottish law. Having said that, given the sensitive nature of the material it would be advisable to get permission, signed if possible.


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Jun 12, 2012 12:41 |  #5

I suspect that most will want to be paid for the use of their pictures. So in exchange for the release, they'll probably ask for compensation.


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Jun 12, 2012 14:11 |  #6

Thanks for the replies folks. I think I will ask for a release to be signed regardless. Just in case...

So my second question. Is there a generic release form I can DL and print out that covers this kind of thing? Again Under UK/Scots law? And has anyone ever had any issues with this kind of material?


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