Friday 22 July 2011

London Street Photography Festival 2011

This is a pet favourite subject of mine.

Being harassed by security guards and Police while attempting to legitimately take photos in a public place

And I'm sure like many of you, like me and the subjects of this project, have ended up on the wrong side of officialdom and worse still the law for doing nothing worse than taking pictures.

This 16min long video (it sounds long but it is well worth sticking with) IS provocative in places but it illustrates the problem very well.

I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the 'Boys in Blue' came out of all this.

Hats of to the photographers who made this, taking time, trouble and energy to make it happen.

Have a great weekend.


Anonymous said...

Wow! I am impressed with the polite and level headed response of the Police, especially compared to what was going on a year or two ago in England, when photogs were getting arrested for absolutely no reason at all. There has clearly been some attention paid to the issue but the police big wigs. even some of the private security guys seem to be starting to understand the right to shoot from public spaces. And not a single person got aggressive or authoritarian in any way. Quite a shift in attitude over a short period of time. The police in North America should paying attention to this example.

Pat Morrissey said...

Superb. Should be mandatory viewing for all building security staff. Thanks to all who took the time and trouble to do the work.

Unknown said...

Hi Andrew and Pat,

It is good isn't it?

The cops came out of it very well, but I could not help but think they were city of London Cops who were were aware to some extent or another that they were camera....oh cynical me.

Have a great weekend