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Friday, December 01, 2006

Thomas Hawk in Wired

The Right to Bear SLRs:
"Hawk (his photo-blogging pseudonym) wanders into the grimy Transbay bus terminal and begins shooting its interior artwork and graffiti. Within 90 seconds, a security guard approaches.

“Can I see a permit, please?” he says.

“I don’t have a permit,” Hawk replies amiably, eye pressed to the viewfinder. “I’m just taking a few pictures. I’ll move along in a minute.”

“You need a permit here, sir.”

“No, I don’t need a permit,” Hawk says, composing a shot.


“Sir, do you understand what I’m telling you?”

“I do. Just taking a few pictures.”

“I’m going to have to call the highway patrol,” the guard huffs and walks off.

Hawk wraps up his photos and wanders out a few minutes later. “Most of the time, that’s what you get,” he says. “Guy comes up, says you can’t take pictures. You have a little back-and-forth and then they go away.” Shooting in public places, as he says he’s forced to point out frequently, is perfectly legal – neither private security guards nor police can prevent anyone from taking photos unless a specific local ordinance prohibits it. (And, legally, no one can seize your memory card without a court order.)"
Thomas Hawk's photos about Transbay.

Photographing Architecture is Not a Crime, Thomas Hawk vs. Building Security Episode 118.

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