Photographer vs. Building Security Stupidity

If you think that photographer harassment by private companies only happens in Silver Spring, think again.

Bill Adler was harassed yesterday when photographing a building in Chinatown. As Bill tells it:

[W]hen I stopped to take a photograph of a building on 7th Street, NW between Eye and K Streets. Two security guards emerged and one asked me what I was doing. I responded that I was taking photographs. The dialog then went this way:

Guard: “You can’t take photographs of this building.”
Me: “Yes, I can. There’s no law against it.”
Guard: “This is a Federal building and no photography is allowed.”

Better yet, Bill went back to the building with the now-famous Chip Py and took more photographs.
Now that’s the way to stand up to The Man.

3 Comments so far

  1. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

    Yeah, I’ve had that happen too. I know they are just doing their jobs but they don’t HAVE to be the cogs they are in the machine of bureaucracy.

  2. wayan (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

    If they are not careful, these security rent-a-cops will become cogs in the blog!

  3. pingo (unregistered) on June 29th, 2007 @ 9:32 am

    Not too sure where this security issue is going, but you really should read this article on issuing permits in NY to photographers…

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