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16 - July - 2009 -- I Am Not A Terrorist

... I just look like one.

 

The British Journal of Photography has started a new campain regarding heavy handed policing of photographers with the excuse of combatting terrorism.

 

So this is my contribution to that.

 

The official blurb -

 

Police routinely invoke anti-terror legislation to prevent photographers from carrying out their work, and photojournalists are constantly filmed at public gatherings and their details kept on an ever-growing database. Tourists, particularly foreign tourists, are also targeted by police, as was the case with an Austrian father and son recently who made the mistake of photographing a building of an extremely sensitive nature—Walthamstow bus station.

Put simply, Britain has become a no-photo zone, and so if you fail to comply, you may find yourself liable to attack, arrest or harassment. Recognising that Britain is not the only country where such a draconian anti-photographer culture is developing, the British Journal of Photography is beginning an international visual campaign to raise awareness.

 

Over the next year we hope to gather thousands of self-portraits of photographers-professional and amateur—from around the world,each holding up a white card with the words, ‘Not a crime’ or ‘I am not a terrorist’.

 

more info -

 

www.not-a-crime.com/

 

www.flickr.com/groups/iamnotaterrorist/

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Taken on July 16, 2009