UK photographers: the law and your rights: discussion

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by editor, Feb 10, 2007.


More photography laws?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. Restrict it to professionals

    0 vote(s)
  4. Create a license/register for it

  5. Am busy stalking someone

  1. exosculate

    exosculate a stagger with a beat

    Its weird when you get bad reactions. I took one of a bloke in a cafe and he went mental. This clearly was not a public space. But I chatted with him for a while about photography what I do it for and all that. He calmed right down. By the end of it he was saying really warm goodbyes.

    The photos were crap though. Win some lose some.
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    Right, himself says:

    there are buildings in that area that you can be prohibited from photographing under the official secrets act. The security would inform you of the reason why you can't take photos of that building, not try and threaten you of 'consequences' and challenge you to take another photo.

    To him, it sounds like either an idiot of a guard, or an idiot of a manager has heard of this and is trying to use the official grounds for not photographing some buildings, and is trying to copy this to make claims that you can't photograph them either.

    The situation in which they would call in the police to stop a photographer would be if there had been specific threats against that building, or a recent armed robbery or other serious crime of that sort. In that case, the first thing you would have known about would be the police talking to you. Security guards aren't supposed to stop epople in that situation.
  3. girasol

    girasol visual spaceship pilot


    on a serious note, is it ok to take photos of private property if you're standing on public property?
  4. exosculate

    exosculate a stagger with a beat

    Have to say, I thought the photographing of children was a grey area. I don't do it much anyway, but occasionally I see good shots that I don't take because of this.
  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Yes, so long as you're not breaking any other laws (so you can take pictures of Buckingham Palace from the street but you can't walk into their land and start snapping).

    Just think about the photos that shite celeb mags like Heat publish.
  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It was the same for Telecom Tower:

  7. Poot

    Poot Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk

    It does seem a little strange that you can publish photos of Britney Spears's bits for the world to see but you can't take a piccy of a car park.
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    it is bizarre.

    (feels ignored here)
  9. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

    Nuts isn't it? This apparently does not exist, I took this quite hastly:


    Despite it being huge, check out the scale with the lorry!
  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    *reports firky to the law and waits for reward

    Like I said, you can take pics anywhere in a public place unless you happen to be breaking other laws.

    Check out this guy getting it wrong:

  11. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    I don't know what that pic is of. I can't see anything? :confused:
  12. exosculate

    exosculate a stagger with a beat

    Shudup its illegal.

    *move along nothing to see here*
  13. cesare

    cesare don't mourn, organise!

    Don't drag it down further exo :mad: (happy birthday for t'other day btw x)
  14. Kanda

    Kanda Diving wanker

  15. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

    It is the HMS Invincible, one of the biggest ships in the Royal Navy. It is supposed to be being mothballed - depiste it still being manned and used activley. I'm sure the aussies were supposed to buy it after the first gulf war?
  16. pk

    pk drink flounce rinse repeat

    When I was a video cameraman full time I'd get this shit all the time, and ignore it, shoot first and ask permission later.
  17. Robster970

    Robster970 Pay homage to Global Bob

    I've only just caught up with this thread - the flying squad response would have probably made me piss myself too.

    Since I got thrown out of a shopping centre I made a point of knowing exactly where we stand in english law with regards to photographing anything. Paul Russell put up a link in a thread a long time ago on a summary written by an english lawyer - i've found that useful with dispelling the myths when approached by anybody who doesn't know what they are talking about.

    Just be polite but firm. Nice one ed. :)
  18. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

    I was thrown off Gunwharf Quays, forgot about that. However they did not throw my flatmate off... could it be because she was a very attractive lass? Methinkso.

  19. Paulie Tandoori

    Paulie Tandoori shut it you egg!

    I saw a lad last week at Paddington railway station having his details taken by one of those pseudo-cops, community officer types - he was protesting his right to take pictures and, quite reasonably i thought, also pointing out the absence of an clear signage to state that what he was doing wasn't allowed. The fed wasn't interested and told him to be quiet or he would have him arrested and his camera nicked. I would have thought that a train station counted as a public place but apparently not.
  20. Robster970

    Robster970 Pay homage to Global Bob

    you should have put a wig on ;)
  21. Paul Russell

    Paul Russell Psychogeographer

    In case the link hasn't already been posted, it's here.


    I should read it myself!

    I try not to hang around anywhere too long with security guards, because generally they are bored shitless with inactivity, and get very excited about getting the chance to do actually do something.

  22. Kanda

    Kanda Diving wanker

    I posted it earlier in teh thread :)
  23. Paul Russell

    Paul Russell Psychogeographer

    Sorry. I did skim through the thread. Must have missed it.

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  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Well, you'd like to think it was but it's sure to be owned by Inter Railtrack Metro FatCunt Directors PLC
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'm going to add a page on this to my photography section as I reckon it'll be useful for other photographers to know their rights.
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    it depends on your definition of public place. That can differ according to the legislation you are applying. From what I can gather, it is a public place enough for them to need to register to film you with CCTV, but not public for you to be able to take pics without their permission
  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Public as in on a public highway and not private land. I was standing on the road when I was taking that picture and that was most certainly outside the security guard's jurisdiction.

    Incidentally, you can't take 'professional' photos of, say, a mate's band in a park without permission.
  29. nonamenopackdrill

    nonamenopackdrill Banned Banned

    Incidentally, I've been googling stuff on taking pictures of students and can find nothing, but I know through my line of work that we need written permission to display students' images on the web or on walls in school, and that the Specialist Schools Trust, or the Shakespeare's schools festival, or the East London student voice forum, all ask for written permission if a photographer is going to be present and specifically exclude under 16s without such permission.

  30. Errol's son

    Errol's son Well-Known Member

    In the UK, are we allowed to take photos of military places, Scotland Yard, MI6, airports etc or are some places (or parts of them) restricted?

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