Stop or I won’t shoot



Photography paranoia

Linsey Gosper’s ‘Stop or I’ll shoot’. FOR the contemporary photographic artist, freely creating and exhibiting work is in danger of becoming a thing of the past. In recent years there have been many public outcries over images produced by Australian photographers. This, in combination with new laws that prohibit photographers from shooting freely in public spaces, has had devastating effects on all forms of photographic practice. Censorship prevails, not only through policy, the media and institutions, but more significantly from artists themselves.

From my personal experience as a photographic artist, and from conversing with many diverse Australian photographers, the most common change in the creation of art now is self-censorship. This submission is a widespread tactic, irrespective of the mode of photography.

Photographic artists already feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility to ensure their work is not misinterpreted and that the medium is not further vilified. The significant public criticism of photographers in recent years has led to the crushing of artists’ confidence and a fear of acting suspiciously or feeling ”dirty” for photographing their experience of life.

Advertisement: Story continues below Uncontroversial subjects such as architecture, landscape and street scenes are increasingly difficult for artists to capture due to laws prohibiting photographers shooting in public without a permit, placing the artist under the same jurisdiction as the commercial photographer. Such regulations are unnecessary as there are already laws that prohibit photographers from misusing a person’s image or private property. A lack of general knowledge or available resources that explain the laws regulating photographers is generating a public paranoia.

via Stop or I won’t shoot.


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2 Responses to “Stop or I won’t shoot”

  1. Jim says:

    I’m glad this has come up. There is a lot of information coming out of the States on photographers’ “rights” (they’re big on rights over there). Very little is known, by me at least, on the state of play in Australian states. (The article comes from the Sydney Morning Herald website)

    Any further information, either as another article or as links in comments would be appreciated. The article raises more questions than it answers!

    Good Light

    • csillitoe says:

      I will keep my eyes peeled for further info, but as a working photojournialst this has certainly been my experience in many public situations in Australia

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