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Photographer Turns the Tables on the Men Who Catcall Her by Snapping Their Photo

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In 2009, photographer Hannah Price made a cross-country move from Colorado to Philadelphia, and along with the inevitable change of scenery came a different, more surprising change: for the first time in her life she started having men catcall her on the street.

Being a photographer, she didn’t react the same way most women might. Instead, she began turning her camera on these men, birthing the now-viral photo series City of Brotherly Love.

Her series really took off a couple of weeks ago after an interview with The Morning News, which was followed by a whirlwind of press and social media attention that wreaked havoc on her website and spread these photos around the world many times over.

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Reactions to the series have varied widely, as some blogs incorrectly published the photos under the title “My Harassers,” implying that Price was calling for action against catcalling in general. That, she says, is not the point. The series was more about presenting a different way of dealing with this particular situation — one that turned the tables on these men.

“Just turning the photograph on them kind of gives them a feel of what it’s like to be in a vulnerable position — it’s just a different dynamic,” Price tells NPR. “But it’s just another way of dealing with the experience, of trying to understand it.”

She even includes two photos that have nobody in them, non-portraits that symbolize “how I would like to be approached,” and lend ambiguity to the series as a whole:

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In a video interview she gave about the series back in May, price says that she understands the series probably won’t have an impact on whether or not the men in the photos continue catcalling. “I’m just one person,” says Price. “I don’t know in their experiences if they’ve had any luck with their catcalls. They probably have … so I don’t think my one instance makes them re-think about what they’re saying.”

Then again, given the sheer amount of attention the series has gotten in recent weeks, it’s not a stretch to think some of these men have now seen their photos make the rounds online. That might make them think twice before they catcall anyone again… especially if that person is holding a camera.

To see more of Price’s work, you can head over to her website by clicking here. And if you’d like to listen to that whole video interview about City of Brotherly Love, you can do so at this link.

(via NPR)


Image credits: Photographs by Hannah Price and used with permission.


 
  • Mike Rotch

    Aren’t you supposed to be studying for your photography certificate or updating your blog or something?

  • David Vaughn

    History is history for a reason. It is in the past. Discrimination still exists, but it exists in all areas. It doesn’t happen equally. Certain groups receive more discrimination than other groups, but trying to defend one group while scoffing at another persons’ struggles with discrimination is being discriminatory.

    How is this hypocrisy not obvious…

  • Bill E. Lytton

    I lived in New Cross and now walk through Deptford regularly. I can attest to this.

  • Ms. MoFo

    You can easily find what she looks like by Googling her. And what difference does it make what she looks like? Do some women deserve catcalls based on their looks, while others do not?

  • 3ric15

    Definition of catcall: “make a whistle, shout, or comment of a sexual nature to a woman passing by.” sounds like harassment to me.

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    aren’t you supposed to have a better reply?

  • http://mkronline.com/ Michael Robinson

    That’s just YouTube. Video + notable person + a comment section seems to bring out the worst in people.

  • WKYA_Radio

    i hear you on that. Its worded a bit strange but i get your point.

  • WKYA_Radio

    i dont actually think that makes sense. approach as a nobody?

  • WKYA_Radio

    ok, now that does make sense.

  • WKYA_Radio

    okay, but what if its not sexual in nature?

    “..Excuse me, can i speak to you for a second/do you have a minute?”

    Would this be considered cat calling?

    Watch that slippery slope there..

  • WKYA_Radio

    she lives in a black neighborhood as well.

  • WKYA_Radio

    Welcome to the world. Everybody needs somebody, regardless of race, gender, class, or financial level.

    Amazing, right?

  • 3ric15

    *facepalm* Then it’s not a catcall!

  • WKYA_Radio

    lol that was my point. thx for agreeing?

  • 3ric15

    Sorry it looked like you were disagreeing lol.

  • Yeah

    Flirtatious or amorous comments don’t necessarily need to be offensive.

    The difference between remarks like “red in the head, fire in the hole” and pickup lines like “someone call an ambulance, that woman stole my heart!” is pretty obvious and while many would feel embarrassed by the former many would smile after hearing the later.

    Some women like it some hate it but catcalls are hardly harassment, specially without context.

  • flightofbooks

    So I guess we are the best country after all.

  • flightofbooks

    It means she doesn’t want to be approached by strangers on the street. Not hard to figure out, although I’m not surprised you and the other knuckleheads up thread don’t get it.

  • flightofbooks

    It’s cute that you think the dictionary is the final authority of what words mean.

  • MisterBig

    Obama supporters? Welfare recipients? Tell me!

  • greenarcher02

    Population and statistics. Learn to research before being a racist.

  • WKYA_Radio

    So u think thats the meaning, huh? Doubt it. IF thats what she meant, then its a visual fail as far as communication goes, because it doesn’t communicate the message.

    News flash: men are 99% more likely to initiate social contact. That’s what makes the world go round. The rules of society dont change just because its applies to you differently. How do you demonize the most basic of human communication? What good does that do?

    Also, trying to apply male logic to what women do is super fail. Chances are that her boyfriend or dude she’s sleeping with approached her. Doesn’t matter where, could have been the library. So, then, in your view, he harassed her. But she went along with it. How convenient.

    Thank goodness some women out there understand how the world works- guys like girls, guys will try to get girls. The ones that dont get offended that someone actually finds their crazy asses attractive, and puts their neck out. Everyone has a limit, but to deem all male approaches to our beloved alternates is just plain ignorant. If you have a problem with that, you’re probably filled with self hate, gay, or a lesbian man hater.

  • flightofbooks

    What a weird, disjointed reply.

    “Thank goodness some women out there understand how the world works- guys like girls, guys will try to get girls.”

    lol. couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

  • WKYA_Radio

    May not be written well- but if you don’t get my point, you’re nuts.

    Every woman isnt out there crying because a guy looked at her or wants her phone number. You will only hear the voices of the complainers.

  • jessjess

    I live in Deptford too and have never had any problems. In fact, I love it here! The locals are all friendly and approachable. Never experienced anything untoward at all. Especially now the alcos are gone from their hang out at the anchor!

  • sep332

    It’s an expression of the way you feel in the moment. It’s not supposed to provoke any particular effect. It’s not really about the woman.

  • Andrew Ware

    if you’re talking about the large percentage of African-Americans, it may have something to do with the fact that the photographer is African-American

  • Alex Rhone

    Racism is Racism no matter what your nationality or color is.

  • Alex Rhone

    English is not a race its a language.

  • lollelr

    this is racist.

  • andy jackson

    She is offended by getting catcalls from bums, gangbangers and degenerates?? Why is she walking through the ghetto?

  • joshmolina2

    not everyone gets to live in a nice neighborhood..

  • Alex

    yes

  • Ven

    Actually it does…

  • Felipe_Paredes

    NO WAY! Really??? She born in England… is English/British. You know what I mean so don’t be an ass. Spanish is a language too and guess what… is also a nationality.

  • Felipe_Paredes

    That’s great!, I’m glad that you didn’t experiment the same.

  • grrrlpower

    stupid. i get cat called all the time by whites, asian, hispanic, etc. it really depends on what area of the world youre in.

  • Alex Rhone

    Actually it does equal racism.

  • Wai

    She says she didn’t mean to call their acts harassment but also adds that, “maybe they’ll think twice before doing it again”. I think she just realizes that taking pictures of people and exposing them for inquiring if she’s interested in them is extreme and shes just trying to justify it.

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