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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 -

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Taken on July 16, 2009