The War On Photography

5 thoughts on “The War On Photography

  1. Scott you are so right in what you said! I think its ridiculous that as photographers we can’t take our cameras with us to photograph life and things we find interesting. Thanks for this audio blog.

  2. Thanks for the Boo, Scott. While the shopping mall is perfectly within their rights to prohibit photography on their property, the security company went beyond company policy in asking you to leave. It would have been much more polite to ask you to not take pictures inside the mall. By all means, you should send letters to the mall owners/operators and the shops. I recently took a trip from So Cal to Seattle on the train. I wrote a letter to a couple of the airlines I might have used to explain that I took the train rather than flying as I do not like being groped by strangers. I really wanted to take the train in any case. I figured that the airlines have more leverage in getting the TSA trimmed down than do individuals. The airlines’ managing executives need to hear about it from the public.

    The billboard in Las Vegas that you mention is a complete joke. LV is all about tourism. People take pictures on holiday. Therefore, loads of people with cameras taking pictures. I have a camera on my cell phone, I have a Canon G10 and I have a rather intimidating looking DSLR. I can get good photos from any of them. Would the mall cops go after me if I had a top quality Micro 4/3’s? Why wouldn’t a terrorist on a recon assignment just use a point and shoot? They would blend in seamlessly with all of the tourists. Pro and semi-pro DSLR’s do tend to stand out.

    Strangely enough, the rank and file police officers don’t ever seem to get the memo about not harassing people taking photos or video of them while they do their jobs. In Washington, DC there was an incident of police confiscating photo/video (I don’t recall if it was still or video taping) equipment from an individual. The police chief made a prominent and public announcement that people were within their legal rights to take pictures or video tape police, fire or city officials doing their job. A week later there was another case of police grabbing (and damaging) a persons camera. The only caveat along with the statement was that there could be reasonable restrictions such as not interfering with the firemen, officers or public officials and supplemental lighting/flash could be prohibited.

    Keep clicking!

  3. Hey Scott oddly here in Canada we don’t have an extreme issue as you guys do in the USA, but I have to say the only place I have heard some here having an issue is when they photographed the new US embassy in Ottawa which by the way is something to see and photograph. Yet you can photograph the Canadian parliament all you want. I actually did a photo class walk to it and shot for over an hour even did some tri-pod HDR.

    Go figure.

  4. I’ve also been asked NOT to take pictures inside a few MALLS, but the reason I was given was that the interior design of the Mall was an intellectual property design of the architect and that many some designer try to copy the layout and design via photographs so they don’t allow pictures of the mall itself, but do allow pictures by people of friends casually…

    I’ve been restricted even way before 911! So I think this has little to do with terrorism and more with trying to protect architects intellectual property, but I think its hopeless, as point and shoot cameras are often overlooked…

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