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Know Your Rights as a photographer in the U.K and Stand Your Ground….

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On Tuesday 21 June 2011 six photographers were assigned different areas of the City to photograph. Some used tripods, some went hand held, one set up a 5 x 4.

All were instructed to keep to public land and photograph the area as they would on a normal day. The event aimed to test the policing of public and private space by private security firms and their reaction to photographers.

All six photographers were stopped on at least one occasion. Three encounters led to police action.

This is what happened.


Written by Dean O'Brien

July 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

Posted in Photography

3 Responses

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  1. ‘Security’ is above the law, is that what they’re trying to say? What is security anyway? Sounds more like a belief, a religious mantra, than something that has to do with reason and / or law.


    July 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

  2. Well paranoia springs to mind. Un-educated security staff using bully-boy tactics to scare or frighten people. Came across similar situations myself a few times but I know my rights. I think its very important that others do too.

    Dean O'Brien

    July 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  3. What about Street View then? Or is Google too big to say anything to, so we’ll just stick with the everyday photographers… I do think Google Street View should be a bigger concern re: security and privacy.


    July 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

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