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22 Jun 2010
Your street photography rights on a lens cloth
We don't always talk about what other photography magazines are doing, but we'll make an exception for Amateur Photographer's latest initiative in its ongoing campaign for photographers' rights
In the 10 July issue of Amateur Photographer, UK readers will find a lens cloth to carry around. Nothing particularly new here, magazines have often offered such gifts. But this time, Amateur Photographer has printed on the lens cloth a short letter to all police officers advising them about street photography rights.
"Despite government assurances to AP, photographers are needlessly prevented from taking pictures in public everyday," says AP's editor Damien Demolder. "But with our Photographer's Rights lens cloth you'll be able to quickly and politely point out what your rights are. So long as you are on public property this should make your day a whole lot better – and it will keep your lens clean too."
The letter is based on guidelines issued last year by the Metropolitan Police to help officers deal with amateur and professional photographers taking pictures in public places. They were issued after photographers, assisted by Amateur Photographer's and BJP's campaigns to protect street photography rights, protested the use of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 to stop and seach photographers.
These stop-and-search powers have now been found to be illegal, according to the European Court of Human Rights.
To find out more about Amateur Photographer's lens cloth, visit amateurphotographer.co.uk.
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