Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rights to protest and document the protests

In this news article about the current protests I saw a comment about the (eventual) shooters being confronted about taking video of the sit in. This post isn't in any way meant to condone what happened last night, or explain why things went the way they did, only to comment on the photo and video statement made in the article.

As a photographer myself I'm worried about this trend and would like to remind people that we have a right to video and photograph, for editorial (news) use, pretty much anything that happens in a public space. We don't really need to give a reason, explanation, or show images to anyone confronting us. This doesn’t mean we need to insight confrontation, or escalate the situation when asked about what we’re doing, but that we need to stand firm to a degree in defending our rights.


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