Photography in Britain

29 Jan

I’M A PHOTOGRAPHER, NOT A TERRORIST
protest in Trafalgar Square, January 2010

Recent incidents include an Austrian father and son holidaying in London who were ordered by police to delete their pictures of Vauxhall bus station; a man who was arrested after photographing a fish and chip shop in Kent; an amateur photographer questioned by two police community support officers for photographing Christmas lights in Brighton; an architecture photographer who was apprehended while photographing Sir Christopher Wren’s Christ Church in London; a reporter who was stopped and searched while taking pictures of the tower block at 30 St Mary Axe (popularly known as the ‘Gherkin’) in the City of London; and a professional photographer who was stopped while photographing the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral. All were questioned and searched in the name of preventing terrorism.

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