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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



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 5th, 2004 09:54 am (UTC)
i saw an article about the photography ban in the subway in am new york. when is the ban officially taking effect?
Jun. 5th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC)
I'm not sure... I think they are being intentionally vague about it so that they can enforce it selectively... Nazi Germany, here we come!
Jun. 5th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
are they saying that security is the reason for the ban?
Jun. 5th, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
Yes... outrageous. Not that I spend any time shooting on the subway... but there is NO reason I should be prevented from doing so.


Jun. 5th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
thanks for the information.

the fact that this is even an issue is a shame...
Jun. 5th, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC)
Follow up...
from the NPPA mailing list

Greetings -

To those of you who will be taking part in this and shooting pictures, I'd
like to look at images from the event to possibly run in News Photographer
magazine. If you've seen the magazine lately, we're doing "Opening Shots"
now in the front of each issue (a two-page horizontal spread), and this
event seems likely to have opportunities for photographs that might fit this
opening feature.

Here are a couple of examles of recent "Opening Shots" pages:



Please let me know soonest if you have an image for consideration from this
protest. I'm in the process of producing the July issue and would need to
see images very soon afterwards. My best regards - Donald Winslow
Donald R. Winslow
News Photographer magazine
The National Press Photographers Association
Jun. 5th, 2004 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Follow up...
interesting. i would love to take part in this, but i am in boston. will you be going?
Jun. 5th, 2004 09:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Follow up...
Actually no... I have to shoot my 8 year old nephew's soccer game out on Long Island... I'll have to be an activist some other day...
Jun. 5th, 2004 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Follow up...
yes, there are plenty of other days for you to wander around taking pictures on the subway. :)
Jun. 5th, 2004 08:52 pm (UTC)
Cool cool! I want to go.
Jun. 7th, 2004 11:27 pm (UTC)
Did you go? I was there, it was cool.
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