12 April 2009

Photographing the Police

I've posted a couple times recently [1] [2] about the newly implemented law in the U.K. making it a crime to photograph police officers. At the time I mentioned a classic image by Don McPhee as the sort of thing that would be forbidden under the law. Over at Crooked Timber Chris Bertram rightly suggests a more pressing reason - we might rely on photographers not just to capture moments of levity but to offer protection against (or at least evidence of) deadly police brutality. I recommend that you watch the video to which Chris links. Even if Ian Tomllinson had not subsequently died, there is no excuse for the behavior of this officer.

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Blogger beatriz said...

I worked with a county medical examiner who told me that there are very few fotos of police, even before 9-11. His interest in photos was purely an interest in documentation of the historical presence of police during their routine work. I think that the prohibition of photographing what is occurring in daily, perceived reality is a crime against humanity...it forecloses what is actual, real, and communicable.
b

16 April, 2009 23:31  

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