Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, an Advocate for Photographer’s Rights

LightBoxDC: Norton Schools Union Station Management on Photo Rights, Other Issues

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (Dem, Washington DC’s at large District) is currently using her position as chair of a House Transportation subcommittee to push the issue of photographer’s rights into better public view.

Recently I’ve blogged about photographer harassment that has taken place at Washington DC’s Union Station.

According to Joel Lawson’s Lightbox DC blog, today’s hearings included an “hours-long grilling” of Union Station management regarding their anti-photography stance.

Norton reportedly read an opening statement to today’s hearings suggesting the necessity of a recent bill that she has drafted (H.R. 3519, the Open Society with Security Act) to help protect our first amendment rights as photographers in public spaces.

I commend Congresswoman Norton on bringing important publicity to the issue of photographer’s rights. Too often photographers are chased out of our nation’s public spaces by police and overzealous security guards. Maintaining an open and free public space for photography is beneficial to the arts, journalism, and in certain cases justice. Thank you Congresswoman Norton for holding these hearings and for promoting freedom for American photographers.

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  1. Don says:

    Unfortunately, the bill doesn’t solve the problem. All it does is creates a commission to look into the matter. Granted, it’s a step in the right direction, but the war is far from over.