Janitor Tries to Stop Photographer from Shooting in the Montreal Subway

Misplaced concern � Ricky Leong, yellow journalist Yet another case where the “no photograhy police” try to shut you down. Unfortunately.

Last week I was shooting the Federal Building in San Francisco and had another similar run in of my own.

The guard came out and told me that it was against the law to photograph Federal Buildings from the sidewalk. I told him that it wasn’t and that I was going to keep shooting the building anyways. He told me, “Ok, but when you get arrested it’s on you.” I told him that this would be fine with me and he went back inside while I finished shooting the Federal Building.

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5 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Big deal. You violate other’s rights when you shoot without permission on private property. If you can arbitrarily ignore the law when it suits you, so can they. Suck it up. You make other photographers look bad, Thomas. Shame on you.

  2. Micah says:

    Wow! Anonymous needs a timeout.

    Keep up the good work, Thomas.

  3. Jon says:

    Thomas, what do you think of this one?

    Recently I was shooting the side of a building from a public sidewalk in DC. My face was buried in the viewfinder so I didn’t notice the large man approaching my left side. In my left ear I hear “WHY YOU TAKIN PICTURES OF THAT ALLEY?” So I jump, becuase I’m scared, and say that I’m a photographer and it looked interesting, that’s all. He just gives me this angry look, so I say “why?” and he starts walking away while saying “Because I’m the police, and I need to know why you takin pictures!” He seemed really frustrated about it. I just repeated, because it looked good to me for a photo, and he stormed off and ignored me. He had no uniform or ID so I’m really not sure what happened that Fall day.

  4. Thomas Hawk says:

    Jon, I think that this is disappointing but reflective of what I find as an increasingly hostile environment for photographers out there.

    The most important thing is to insist on your rights and to get your shots.

    You are creating art.

  5. TranceMist says:

    So what would you have done had they tried to arrest you?

    In other words, how do you know it’s not “against the law”? How are you sure?