I got yelled at for taking this photo. I was told that the owner of Tosca does not like photography in the bar. I wasn’t even in the bar but out on the street shooting in through the doorway. I was warned that if I planned on doing anything with this photo that I’d better ask the owners permission first and told that she was quite particular about these things.

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  1. vern says:

    So, did you actually get permission?
    (Wondering if there is a reward for wayward street photographers named Thomas)

  2. Thomas Hawk says:

    No I did not get permission. I frankly feel that I’m within my rights shooting into a building from a public street. Perhaps I’m wrong on this though. It would be fun to blog about it if indeed it were ever to become an issue.

  3. Bob Loblaw says:

    I am not a lawyer, but I believe that when no faces or other unique identifying marks (addresses, license plates, signs, trademarks, etc.) are shown, they have no legal basis for complaint, provided that the photographer was in a public place when the photo was taken.

    I’m really enjoying your recent photos, BTW.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I lived in SF for 20 years. Tosca’s is a tourist trap. You can take all the pics you want at the Nite Cap, Hyde and O’Farrell