Today’s New York Times ran a cheery story on New York considering requiring permits and insurance for public photography. Boooooo!
Some tourists, amateur photographers, even would-be filmmakers hoping to make it big on YouTube could soon be forced to obtain a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures or filming on city property, including sidewalks.
New rules being considered by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting would require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour to get a city permit and insurance.
The same requirements would apply to any group of five or more people who plan to use a tripod in a public location for more than 10 minutes, including the time it takes to set up the equipment.
It’s annoying how photography has become a suspect activity. Yesterday, after I parked my car at work, I noticed a crane lifting three girders at a construction site a few blocks away. Without thinking twice, I pulled out my camera and took a few pictures.
While I was shooting, a security guard came over to ask what I was doing. She accepted my explanation (“taking pictures of cranes”) but seemed skeptical. What this article describes would make it easier for authorities not only to stop and question people for taking photographs or video but to prohibit it in some cases. I guess we’re a long way from the days when photography was an innocent and acceptable hobby . . .
What do you think; and how often are people being stopped for taking pictures?
[tags]Photography, New York, New York Times, Ray Rivera, Permits, Registration, Insurance[/tags]