It is also imperative for photographers to be fully informed about their rights, in order to maintain their stand when confronted taking pictures in public. For example, they should realize that national security legal provisions such as the Homeland Security Act and the Patriot Act, do not constrain photography, especially in places that don’t appear to be areas of security concern. However, just like most laws, there are few exceptions to rules governing photography. For example, photographers should not take pictures of government facilities that are linked to matters of security. These include courthouses, military bases, police stations, and other security facilities. Refraining from taking pictures of such places, although open to members of the public, would ensure that photographers also remain accountable for matters of public safety.Just like other professions, photography is subject to legal regulations. However, limits currently imposed on photography in public by law enforcers, in the name of security, have become unnecessarily stringent. The stricter regulations are not provided for under the law and they are, as a result, infringing photographers’ right to taking pictures in public spaces. This negative trend should be countered through combined effort by enforcers and photographers, whereby all parties adhere to the law, while upholding accountability for public. Position Statement on Photography and Law Enforcement.
ReferenceKrages, B. (2012). Legal Handbook for Photographers. The Rights and Liabilities of Making Images. Amherst, MA: Amherst Media.
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