This video clip “Union Station Photo Flap” shows an incident in Union Station, Washington D.C.
So even “professionals” haven’t been spared.
I came across this story about National Press Photographers Association, which I belonged to while at the newspaper, asking Amtrak to stop harassing photographers.
Thanks to DeeAnn for alerting me to a funny video related to NPPA and Amtrack. See the video on the jump.
This is situation is real enough. I didn’t need to go far.
I was downtown photographing a parking structure and the parking attendant motioned me over.
Since I was on the other side of the street and obviously on the public sidewalk, I just ignored him.
It’s becoming fairly evident that photography is fast becoming the victim of overzealous security personnel who are more than happy to throw their weight around.
I posted this video previously but for some reason the link was broken. I found it again, this time, it comes to you via youTube.
What is it that these security personnel think we plan to do with our images? Another photographer I ran into recently said he was told to leave when he was outside the Robert Presley Detention Center with his camera.
Where exactly is that mandate that “you can’t take pictures in a public street or place” coming from?
If it’s being enforced by an overzealous underling, then why doesn’t the brass or the district attorney come forward and say something?
As you can see this paranoia has to stop. It’s not confined to the US.
Making tourists delete their images and video on the spot is excessive and totally uncalled for.
Photography is a fun creative activity, but clearly in the UK, they are coming up against quite a bit of harassment according to Tom Geohegan of BBC’s News magazine.
As with most issues in our litigious society, I am doubtful and not so optimistic that things will loosen up unless a lawsuit of some sort is filed.
In the mean time, see if these 2 resources help.
If you’re in the UK, download a copy of your rights as a photographer.
For those in the US, a copy of your rights as a photographer is available here.
How about sharing,wherever you are, your encounters of this kind? Over on the right sidebar, there’s a poll, if nothing else, just let me know over there.
Related to this post is one about photography in public places.