Thomas Hawk is not the only photographer that has been harassed by overzealous security guards to not take photographs in public, but he’s the most famous. All over the web, there are many examples of photographers being told that they cannot take pictures by security guards and even police when they are not breaking any laws.

Jimmy Norton’s latest post summarizes many of these incidents and provides a few links so that photographers can learn about their own rights, but these shouldn’t be used in lieu of proper legal counsel.

Bottom line, document any incident in which you are harassed or arrested for taking photographs in detail and tell the ACLU about it. If you are not trespassing, more than likely, the law is on your side. In other countries, your rights may vary.

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  1. Hi Nugget, I’m a college student and I am researching San Francisco for a very important campaign I am working on. I found your blog through some google-based research and based on the entries I read, I feel you may be able to provide perspective for my research. Please contact me at the email address I provided if you’re willing to share insights about San Francisco culture with me. I can give you more info about my study via email. Thanks so much!

    #1 by Malia — January 29, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

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