The world can seem like a hostile place for photographers. Which is why we’ve decided to spotlight the most blatant cases of crimes against photography in the PopPhoto Flash Photography Hall of Shame. The newest inductee is Fox Sports, who lifted a photo of a Santa-suit-clad pup without permission from Tracey Gaughran-Perez’s personal blog and used it during an NFL broadcast on December 23.
Seattle Police Department for arresting Amateur photographer Bogdan Mohora in 2006 when he snapped a few photos of them making an arrest from across the street. Result? The city awarded Mohora an $8,000 settlement in November 2007. Indianapolis Police Departmentfor questioning photojournalist Walter Miller taking a photo of public art that included a portion of Indianapolis City County Building in the background. Result? After it was clear that Miller wasn't a terrorist, he was allowed to keep his photos and was not arrested.
New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting for considering new rules that would require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a public location for more than a half hour (or any group of five or more people who plan to use a tripod in a public location for more than 10 minutes) to get a city permit and $1-million worth of liability insurance. Result? The proposal meant a lot of opposition (Picture New York's online petition got 35,652 signatures) and ultimately was dropped. Newark, NJ, Police Department for detaining and confiscating the camera of photojournalist Geraldo Carlos after he reported a crime and was questioned about his citizenship status. Result? Police are prohibited from questioning victims or witnesses about their immigration status, and Newark City Councilman Augusto Amado called for an investigation into the incident.
FedEx Stadium security in Landover, MD, for removing and questioning Reza Michael Farhoodi for taking photos of the game and his friends with a DSLR from his seat during a Washington Redskins game. Result? Once stadium management got wind of the incident they apologized and offered him special access to take photos from the field during the next game.
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