London Street Photography

I, like many other photographers, love street photography. I too, like many photographers, have been asked by security to stop shooting when on or near private property. A few years ago, London put into place a bizarre law preventing photography in particular places as part of their Terrorist Act. Over the summer, the London Street Photography Festival produced a film entitled, “Stand Your Ground” which directly addresses shooting in public/private spaces on the streets of London and how the law handles it.

As a street photographer myself (who lived in London briefly), I love this short documentary. I’d encourage photographers and world travelers alike to check it out.

Here’s the synopsis… “On Tuesday 21 June 2011 six photographers were assigned different areas of the City to photograph. Some used tripods, some went hand held, one set up a 5 x 4. All were instructed to keep to public land and photograph the area as they would on a normal day. The event aimed to test the policing of public and private space by private security firms and their reaction to photographers. All six photographers were stopped on at least one occasion. Three encounters led to police action. This is what happened.”

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