Crossfire recently caught whiff of a dangerous new piece of British legislation that might try and restrict photographers from from shooting in public places.
This is not good for skate photographers who spend more time than most shutterbugs cramped up and crawling through inner city detritus for that one shot.
This is what we learnt:
‘…The UK Government is about to propose restrictions on photography in public places which could make street photography and documentary photographyagainst the law. These proposed changes to the law could result in photographers having to apply for ID cards in order to take pictures in public places.
The consequences of these proposed restrictions to the fields of documentary and street photography could be hugely damaging, potentially wiping out an entire area of photographic practice and certainly provoking suspicion around people simply carrying out their profession or hobby. The number of iconic photographers whose work would have been severely challenged by these moves is endless.
With such limitations and procedures placed on them photographers such as Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Garry Winogrand, Ed Ruscha, Brassai, Robert Frank, Cartier-Bresson, Bill Brandt, Stephen Shore and William Eggleston would perhaps not have been able to make the work for which they are now internationally recognised.’
Crossfire invites all those who feel concerned to sign the petition preventing this Orwellian action.
You must be a British citizen to sign this petition. If you aren’t, please forward this page to someone who is. If in doubt about signing- read this.