Photography is under attack. Across the country it that seems anyone with a camera is being targeted as a potential terrorist, whether amateur or professional, whether landscape, architectural or street photographer.I've commented on the increasing restrictions on photographers here before on numerous occasions. Earlier this summer Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made clear that there has been little progress on this front. In an interview with Fox News (who else?) she claimed that Americans have a duty to contact authorities "when they see something unusual, if they see, for example, somebody continually taking photographs of a piece of critical infrastructure that doesn't seem to make any sense.”
Not only is it corrosive of press freedom but creation of the collective visual history of our country is extinguished by anti-terrorist legislation designed to protect the heritage it prevents us recording.
This campaign is for everyone who values visual imagery, not just photographers.
We must work together now to stop this before photography becomes a part of history rather than a way of recording it
Secretary Napolitano seems to be living in a fantasy world where there is some established connection between photography and terrorism. That is not the world we actually inhabit though. Don't you feel safer knowing that the Obama administration is carrying on the paranoid fantasies of their predecessors?