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04/17/2008 09:20:25 AM · #1
There's some interesting links and info in this thread from another site I belong to.

Hadn't seen anything recent in our threads on this...thought I'd share.

Recent problems over taking pictures in public inthe UK
04/17/2008 09:25:44 AM · #2
same crap different day it seems. I've only been stopped once when I was taking pics- that was by a cop in a train station. He asked what I was doing because I was hunched over the camera aligning the shot. I explained and he went "oh cool, can i see?" :)

I think this story is the exception though. The current climate in the media makes it out as though photographers are being apprehended everywhere and everyone is stamping down on it, which I don't think is the case. At least not in my experience. I live in the city and have a number of friends with cameras and we've never been harassed and we've done public events and things before.

Interestingly though, the guy in the BBC news story was allegedly asked if he a licence to take the pics... i've never heard of one of them, unless he meant a press pass? IN which case, it makes the people with mobile phones and compact cameras just as guilty.
04/17/2008 11:24:37 AM · #3
Public place - All are game - No one can threaten you (well they can but have no right) I even shoot in airports and get harassed all the time - You just have to stand your ground and know the law. People will always try to intimidate you but 90% have no idea what the law is - Including police. I am always very polite but continue to shoot!
Of course if you are pointing your camera at the consulate etc expect a visit from someone but it is still fine. Some of the worst harassment I got was taking pictures at all the Scientology buildings in LA when I was doing a feature - Clowns on bikes trying to stop me every 10 minutes. I told them to call the police if they had a problem. Of course they didn't because they had no ground to stand on...
04/17/2008 12:45:31 PM · #4
My brother-in-law just sent me that link with the question "Planning on taking any pics when you are in London"....since we're going there in September. LOL I think I'll just take pics of whatever I want to and not worry. I've never gotten harassed about taking pics anywhere before.
04/17/2008 01:48:57 PM · #5
Originally posted by KarenNfld:

My brother-in-law just sent me that link with the question "Planning on taking any pics when you are in London"....since we're going there in September. LOL I think I'll just take pics of whatever I want to and not worry. I've never gotten harassed about taking pics anywhere before.

Maybe you can make a project out of photographing as many of the thousands of government surveillance cameras in London ...
04/17/2008 01:58:29 PM · #6
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This doesn't help much either. These posters can be found lining the walls of the London underground.

Posters on the underground

Message edited by author 2008-04-17 13:58:50.
04/17/2008 02:25:52 PM · #7
Yes those posters do not help but at the same time it still shows it's not illegal...
04/17/2008 02:30:02 PM · #8
Originally posted by jblaylockrayner:

but 90% have no idea what the law is - Including police.


There is a lot of truth in this statement... and I am certain that it would also apply to members of the photographic community.

Rather than make blanket statements, it might prove prudent to suggest to people that they familiarize themselves with the laws of the land... you might find that there can exist some rather significant differences from one country to the next.

Happy shooting :O)

Ray
04/18/2008 06:36:24 AM · #9
Anyone have any idea about photographing Belfast? Will be going there in August and hoped to get a few shots( sorry maybe I should avoid the 'S' word now too). Reading about Britain's growing paranoia makes me worry about getting stopped and with Northern Ireland's history was wondering if anyone had heard of any difficulties.
04/18/2008 06:46:26 AM · #10
Just found this link to a PDF detailing photographer's rights in Britain.

UK Photographer's Rights
04/18/2008 06:52:53 AM · #11
The was an item on the BBC news this morning, photog was stopped taking photos by a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO). The photog was taking pictures in the street in Blackpool when the PCSO told him he was not allowed to take photos of people without their permission and asked him to delete his photos, which he did. The PCSO had no right to do this and it was obvious the photog did not know his legal rights. The editor of Amature Photography was also on the programme. It's the police and the PCSO's that need to get their act together and know our rights, I dont know what guidlines are issued to these people but its pretty obvious they are not being briefed correctly. I can only see this getting worse.
04/18/2008 01:38:43 PM · #12
Hence me saying 90% of people have no idea of the law...... I would never delete a picture even if I did something naughty - The only time it becomes a problem is if it's published!
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