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Photography ban on London buses (and in bus stops)


More trouble in London for photographers where the message is: bad photography is fine.

Transport for London (TfL) initially said that photography is forbidden on its buses and in bus shelters. After backtracking they stated that permission must be sought if you want to take photos over a ‘prolonged period’. It’s not clear if a ‘prolonged period’ refers to 1/60th sec or 1/125th sec.

A TfL spokesman added that a ‘quick snap’ is fine.
This echoes the stance of organisers of the London 2012 Olympics who will allow cameras into stadiums – as long as they don’t look professional.

So, try and take a professional, creative documentary shot on a bus or in a sports stadium in London and you could find yourself in a police cell or, worse, being fired upon by a water canon.

Is it just me or are major organisations, events organisers and councils eager to leave a legacy of bad photography for future generations to look back on?

Why should the amount of money someone spends on a camera dictate if they should be allowed to use it what are essentially public places?

We will soon be facing the bizarre scenario of having better documentary images from the 1950s and 1960s than we do in the 2010s.


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This entry was posted on March 14, 2012 by in london buses, photography ban, transport for london.
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