The recording of the homeless scene and of homeless people is regarded as "victim" photography by contemporary photography theorists. For the documentary photographer such a criticism, if taken as gospel, prevents the bearing of witness to social conditions, and assists in the elimination of particular pieces of visual social history. A vacuum is thus created into which a new interpretation is possible, based on whatever brand of political ideology is being proposed.
Speaking of photography, I recently rediscovered the work of Sebastiao Salgado. While the photography is moving, I can't help but feel the same impotency and frustration that I feel when I read news articles about distant atrocities. These help raise my awareness about the world, but at the expense of my emotional health.