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Subway Photo Ban-NY Times Article


by Adam Cohen at 2005-01-07 07:31:02 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Thank you for sharing the article. Very paranoic, not? If it isnt allowed to take photos neither in buses nor subways what will continue? I like the street photography and in the name of the safety some people sometimes make us spend bad moments and, the worst thing, lose a picture. Curiously the article of the nytimes is accompanied with a scheme about the subways modifications with pretty much information. Recently, in my country, a judge prohibited an exhibition of art. Then another judge allowed reopen the exhibition but not permit the photojournalists to take pictures of the controversial art. It seems to be that seeing is a crime sometimes.

by Hernan Zenteno | 07 Jan 2005 22:01 (ed. Jan 7 2005) | | Report spam→
Folks if you are against the plan to prohibit photography in the subways, then go to this link, originally provided by Rob Bennett, and register your opinion. Little by little they are chipping away at our basic rights, and using the excuse of security to do so. Do you feel afraid? I don´t. I prefer a bit of insecurity and a lot of freedom to excessive security and a bit of freedom. 9/11 has been very successfully manipulated by pols to diminish our liberties, and it makes me sick! Here is the link: http://mta.info/nyct/rules/proposed.htm

You will find a small paragraph about photography amidst all the other proposed changes, but you have to look sharp for it. Everyone should respond.

by Jon Anderson | 08 Jan 2005 11:01 | | Report spam→
I agree with you, Jon. (And it’s not just because I grew up in Flushing, and we likely drank the same water…)

Here’s what I wrote to the MTA & it includes the paragraph citation you mention:

Proposed Changes Re: Photography


I find this gravely troubling:

Section 1040.4
In order to further enhance passenger security and safety, photography and videorecording is prohibited except for members of the press holding valid identification cards issued by the New York City Police Department or where written authorization has been provided by SIRTOA. [Section 1040.4(f)]

I’m a freelance “art” photographer, NYC native but not a member of the Press. I have, in the past taken a series of photos on the Staten Island Ferry, for example, which has been exhibited, published in a book, and in general has been proclaimed some of my best photographic work.

If your new proposal is put into play as law, such creative freedom and works of art might never have the chance to see the light of day. We would all be the lesser for this type of community censure.

I do hope you’ll rethink & revise this specific proposal to better reflect the little real safety or security concerns that passengers might have regarding freelance photography. I always carry “Model Releases” with me in my camera gear. With the individual rider’s permission, photographing them should most certainly not be unlawful.

Thank-you for this opportunity to voice my opinion on this matter.

I know photographers around the US who have recently been harassed, intimidated & quite nearly arrested for doing nothing more than photographing in public.

Street-photography & photo-journalism will be outlawed if we don’t kick up as big a fuss as possible. It benefits the powers that be (who seem bent on utilizing scare-tactics) to make artists & photographers scapegoats when exercising our creative freedom & fully using the civil rights as they now exist.

It’s downright Orwellian, but 9/11 and other recent events have played right into their hands & they’re spinning it out of our control unless we can show the larger mass of citizens how this loss diminishes us all. There needs to be a wider appeal in the popular press, but I’d wager that few are interested in rocking the boat at the moment. Pressures from this revved-up political atmosphere are pretty obvious. It’s a sad day for democracy in the USA.

by Didi S. Gilson | 08 Jan 2005 13:01 (ed. Jan 8 2005) | | Report spam→

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Adam Cohen, Film/Picture Maker Adam Cohen
Film/Picture Maker
(Adam Cohen filmmaker)
Berlin , Germany
Hernan Zenteno, Photographer Hernan Zenteno
Buenos Aires , Argentina ( EZE )
Jon Anderson, Photographer & Writer Jon Anderson
Photographer & Writer
Ocala Florida , United States
Didi S. Gilson , Writer, Photographer Didi S. Gilson
Writer, Photographer
Anna Bay, Nsw , Australia


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