Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Snap away in NYC
Photographers in New York City are finally free to photograph federal buildings and public spaces without the fear of interference (including the confiscation of memory cards, 35mm film or other photographic equipment).
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has been campaigning on this issue since the measures were first introduced post 9/11. Following legal action, the US government has now agreed to issue a written instruction to all relevant personnel to state that there are no general security regulations which prohibit external photography (note internal photography of public spaces remains restricted). There is still the possibility for local rules to override this provision but in general this is good news for New York photographers and anyone planning a holiday to NYC in the near future.