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NOTE: These links have JUST been compiled so YOU have access to the information.  I did not write any of them, and I was not the first to post links to some of them.  Rather than send people all over, I posted them here.

Thanks to Chris Weeks for reminding me I was sitting on these links, with his blog on

There is a new poster campaign in London aimed at 'our kind' and by our kind i mean Street Photographers.  I have compiled a few articles regarding the new involvment by metropolitan Police.

Street photographers fear for their art amid climate of suspicion

Stop the aperture closing on street photography

Innocent photographer or terrorist?

Photography rights raised at MP event

You can't picture this - Video

Police defend anti-terror photo campaign

Photographic Rights, and the law

As it says in one of the articles,

"A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said the campaign is not intended to target photographers, amateur or professional.

She told us: 'It's part of a counter-terrorism campaign and one element is the camera element.'

Discuss..  What do you think of these ridiculous laws and harassments?

If you are a British Citizen, SIGN the PETITION and show the PM that photographers will not take this laying down!…
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mhazzaa Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
in an authoritarian country you don't need to see what the laws say and permit .. you might get in detention or interogated for an hour just because you have a dSLR in the street and was walking "suspeciously" looking when you are trying to compose a good frame .

I am suffering in Egypt, unless i am at the touristic places like the pyramids .

and you know what , the law doesn't prohibit it ! :) I am a paralegal.
methodAVANTGARDE Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Recently here in Portugal, something quite similar happened.
A filming crew of the state television enterprise were fined after using a tripod in the street. Why? Because it was an obtrusive element in the street so they must pay a fee for using it.
This generated many controversial in the general public since apparently, this law was just for the area of Lisbon.

I had problems while shooting street before, but only two times.
All of them ended up peacefully with me apologizing and one of them actually turned up to be almost a photoshoot, since the guy I was shooting allowed me to keep doing it.

But there is this three types of people. The ones that actually laugh when they are being photographed, the ones who do not care and then the ones who can only think that you are going to do terrible things with their pictures.

Some people still give me an awkward look, sometimes even when I'm not shooting them, almost as if I was capturing their soul and giving it to the devil.
DemonicNymph Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
i reckon some of the rules with photography are just an inconvenience
i was told to leave a local train station once because i had a camera with me and its an offense to carry a camera around a train station here apparantly
OfTheWoodsStudio Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I would of guess that the UK would get this bad... I meen they did bad all guns in London... they call UK progressive... There are as bad or worse than US home land security... Thats just my thought... FLAME me if you want
a1984niceguy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
* a lil OT but still applicable for anyone reading this...

this is where its about more than just 1 country
but every "civilized" and "developed" country and their people
taking a stand against control and police and corporate states
the time is now to regain control of our respective goverments
especially in the usa....
i admit i dont want some lowbrow without the ability to read, write
and have manners and also some understanding of international custom or what not... but i dont want these guys that bank more than 40k to 60k (thats the EXTREME , HIGH BRANCH of the regular us citizen roughly)... a year ... i want people that are from regular backgrounds and just strived through to get where they are ... or intern them i want someone from a family that made under 20k a year for 10yrs to be in the power controls...
not to mention the artists , scientist's , philosophers..
(the religious individuals can participate if they remain civil and RATIONAL !!) and go from there..
now please MAKE CHANGE NOW i can't be the only voice in the encroaching darkness..
your state office and more..
buyobabyboo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I tell you what, if they tried that here in the US after they've made it legal to tap our phones already, the govt/whoeverdoneit be screwed.
a1984niceguy Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist to make a difference
they got info and links to email reps and more..
not to mention before the end all breakdown and reorganizational breakdown of american society lets change it by voting and how we shop ..
stampingqueen Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
There is a difference between suspicious and just out taking pictures. I am a wife of a US Marine and a budding photographer. I understand that there are some places you don't take pictures like standing at the fence of the Air Station where all the fighter jets are parked. You go there with your camera and you are going to look suspicious. I also understand that terrorists do use photos to plan attacks, BUT that is something we can't stop. The only way to avoid it is to ban cameras everywhere. If you do that then you have to ban cel phones and a myriad of other things as well.

I am all for safety and I am all for reporting suspicious activity. I am all for the citizens of a country being alert and aware of their surroundings and I am all for promoting that self awareness, but not like this. You don't make everyone with a camera a target. You explain what is suspicious activity. You give very clear cut examples. Here on the base we all know that there are certain things you look out for. Vehicles not where they should be, people who look seriously out of place, etc. we are all more aware and more cautious, but we can not live in that state of constant fear that this advertising campaign promotes.

It is so ridiculous to think, in a place made famous for tourism and welcoming people from all over the world like England is, that they would want to scare people by telling them to watch out for people with cameras. The thing about a terrorist is, you won't notice them. If they are any good at what they do, then they won't be the ones who stand out. They won't be suspicious.

I understand that England has a HUGE issue with tabloids and what not, but I don't see them going after them at all. The papers still have their photos and their stories at all costs. Maybe if they are so concerned with real safety they will do something about those idiots with cameras and leave the real photographers alone.

Just the two cents worth from a beginner photographer who is all about the safety of her country and every other one out there. Scare tactics seldom ever do anything to fix a situation. They usually just create panic and more trouble.
eyeseewell Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
Fucking bullshit. I read his blog yesterday, and I've read a few of those articles last year I think, oh well, make the famous frame, wait 20 years and then 'unvail' it, per-say.
cweeks Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
how many terrorists use leicas?

perhaps the authorities should be introduced the art of street.

then again, i'm not sure they'd understand.
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