Street photographer gets beaten for taking photos at Notting Hill Carnival

Sep 19, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Street photographer gets beaten for taking photos at Notting Hill Carnival

Sep 19, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Last month, street photographer Math Roberts attended Notting Hill Carnival in order to take photos at one of the world’s largest street festivals. While he was shooting on the final day of the carnival, Math found himself in an unpleasant situation which quickly escalated. The man he was photographing assaulted him and smashed both the photographer and his camera.

Speaking to The Phoblographer, Math explained that he took a photo of a couple embracing each other. “Naturally, as a street photographer wanting to capture the moment undisturbed, I didn’t ask their permission,” he says. The woman of the couple spotted him and asked if he’d taken their photo. She was clearly unhappy about it, and the situation only got worse from thereon.

The man approached Math and became violent pretty quickly. Even though the photographer apologized several times and offered to delete the photo, he says it didn’t help at all. “He punched me a few times until he knocked me to the floor (I’m only skinny!),” the photographer explains. The man later grabbed his camera and smashed it on the floor, which Math says was “the most painful bit.”

Despite being beaten bloody and his camera getting smashed, Math decided not to report the incident to the police because “he didn’t really want the hassle.” He said that he felt exhausted, and since his camera was insured, he just headed back to the hotel where he was staying and had a beer.

Math says that the incident hasn’t affected his confidence to shoot street photos. “I’ve taken over 10,000 street photos and this is the first time anyone has been violent with me – so the odds are pretty good,” he told to The Phoblographer. “Maybe subconsciously I am a little more wary about what I’m shooting, but I’m sure that will wear off soon.”

Unfortunately, street photographers often get under fire for shooting in public. Sometimes they face violence in the street, and other times they get slammed online. No matter if the abuse is physical or done online, it’s unpleasant, harmful, and painful. So, other than photographic, make sure to hone your interpersonal skills in order to avoid these situations as much as possible.

[via The Phoblographer]

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16 responses to “Street photographer gets beaten for taking photos at Notting Hill Carnival”

  1. Ali Mckellar Avatar
    Ali Mckellar

    So, the lesson here is that we shouldn’t report incidents of violence to the police so this behaviour can carry on and other photographers can be assaulted too, noted!

    The general public need to be educated that they have no right to privacy in public.

    I’d be surprised if any insurance company actually pays out without this being reported to the police too.

    1. Martin Roth Avatar
      Martin Roth

      are you serious right now? I don’t approve violence and I agree that there’s not really privacy in public but absolutely nobody has the right to take pictures of someone and profit/benefit from it in anyway without the subject’s consent.

    2. Ali Mckellar Avatar
      Ali Mckellar

      Martin Roth of course I’m serious. Where does it state in this article (or the original) that he’s making profit from the picture(s)?! He’s tried to capture a beautiful moment of two people kissing, the outcome tells me that one of them is likely cheating on their SO and they’ve blown a gasket because they think it’s going to be plastered everywhere. It’s a carnival, thousands, if not millions, of pictures are taken at these events without people ever knowing they’re being captured, they were sure as hell aware of that fact before they left the house to either take part in the carnival or even just watch it. It’s simple street photography, photographers don’t need permission, form anyone, to lawfully take photographs.

  2. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    How do you claim insurance without a police report? … not in my country, you can’t.

  3. Grey Avatar
    Grey

    That’s the English for you. We’re far and away the most violent country at peace in the world. The police have never done anything about chav violence, they won’t start now. Just let us continue to self destruct and then flip the whole island and start again. Easily the second worse country in europe.

    1. Zeneti Avatar
      Zeneti

      The problem isn’t the police so much, the problem are people like this idiot twat @mathRoberts for not reporting the incident. This is what allows twat thugs like this to get away with it time and again.

      Clearly Math Roberts has been up to no good and too afraid of the police snooping into his life/business. There is no reason what so ever to not report this.

      1. Dave Avatar
        Dave

        The reason for not reporting it is that the police wouldn’t do anything about it. It wouldn’t surprise me if they would even refuse to take the report since he wasn’t hopitalised. So there’s no point in reporting it unless he wanted to waste his time.

  4. J Kenrick Bernard Avatar
    J Kenrick Bernard

    Wtf

  5. Daniel Bksz Avatar
    Daniel Bksz

    Well, seeing the part of ‘humanity’ at that carneval, I am not even surprised at all.

    1. JustChristoph Avatar
      JustChristoph

      The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the biggest carnivals in the world taking place in perhaps the most international city in the world. People come from everywhere to be part of the experience. It doesn’t get better than this. And yes, it can get a little edgy at times. That’s part of it.

  6. Alan Laighleis Avatar
    Alan Laighleis

    He probably wasnt the womans husband lol

    I’ve always found people reasonable and if I offer to delete the file they accept that. Some are actually curious as to when I’ve made the photo and are then happy especially when I agree to send them a copy for free. But the world is full of idiots

    No way I would let them away with it,. If be filing criminal damage and assault charges and sure he has the muppets photo anyway unless he broke the memory card also.

  7. Jason Dunning Avatar
    Jason Dunning

    When did Jussie Smollett become a photographer?

    1. Michał Avatar
      Michał

      Did you mean Juicy Smoll’yay ?

  8. John McGuigan Avatar
    John McGuigan

    Ironic that the morons who attacked him were canoodling at one of the most photographed events in London.

  9. Nuri S. Gdk Avatar
    Nuri S. Gdk

    My teacher said long time ago.. İf you take photos of stone, you need permission from stone..

  10. Randolph Avatar
    Randolph

    I would have punched the clown in the face.