June 5th, 2004

Photographers Rights

Reposted from the National Press Photographers Association mailing list:

We have nothing to fear but fear itself.
Photographer's Rights Protest:
Sunday, June 6. 1 PM.
Meeting at the info booth, main floor of Grand Central Terminal.

This will be a peaceful demonstration against the MTA's proposed
Photography Ban, conducted in the spirit of Rosa Parks. We will simply
ride through Manhattan with our cameras, taking as many photographs as
we please, of whatever we please. This is a completely legal protest, as
photography within the subway system has not yet been banned (even
though the police seem to have been told otherwise). The proposed ban of
photography in the subway system will only serve to compromise security
instead of increasing it. Furthermore, it is "Too little too late", as
key information about the subway system is easily available in numerous
books, magazine articles, and websites.

Read the FAQ page for a lis of further points on why this proposed ban
is, to state it simply, an incredibly dumb idea.

Come on time with your camera and if you choose to make one, a witty
sign. The mere act of taking photos is protest enough in and of itself.

Total duration of this protest will be approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
However, you are encouraged to continuing photographing within the NYC
subway system whenever you so desire, whether or not the ban is

Routing will be as follows:
4/5/6 from GCT to 14th street.
L cross town to 8th av.
A/C/E to Penn Station
Walk through penn station to 1/2/3/9
North to Times Square, 7 or S back to GCT
End offical protest, perhaps by walking by MTA HQ at 347 madison av
(right near GCT), to take some nice photos of the neighborhood and
perhaps drop off a signed petition.

This is YOUR protest. make it as big as possible by spreading the word
to as many NYC Photography and transit related web boards as possible.
Notify media outlets. Spread the word in every direction you can



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