*With public concern rising over paedophilia and terrorism, street
photographers face new difficulties*. The TimesOnline
"... *In the past year, the photography blogs have buzzed with tales of
harassment, even violence*. There's the war photographer who dodged
bullets abroad only to be beaten up in his own South London backyard by
a paranoid parent who (wrongly) thought his child was being
photographed. There's the amateur photographer punched prostrate in the
London Tube after refusing to give up his film to a stranger; the case
of the man in Hull, swooped on by police after taking photographs in a
shopping centre. /"Any person who appears to be taking photos in a
covert manner should expect to be stopped and spoken to by police ..."/
ran the Humberside force's statement.
Now, a new poster campaign by the Metropolitan Police
is inviting Londoners to call a hotline if they don't like the look of a
photographer. /"Thousands of people take photos every day,"/ runs the
text. /"What if one of them seems odd?"/ The poster states that
terrorists use cameras for surveillance.
*... Street photography doesn't just document what our environment used
to look like; it shows us how it really looks now*, freezing the moment
to reveal the weirdness and magic of the split second ..."