Linkfest: Photographers’ rights, in preparation for the Democratic National Convention


A photographer aims at his subject, taken by James Willamor.

Here’s a linkfest for people looking for information about photographers’ and videographers’ rights, compiled by James Willamor, to help visual journalists planning to cover the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. The list also includes links to some stories about photographers being arrested while covering Occupy protests elsewhere.

The big photojournalist organizations

SPJ – Society of Professional Journalists – Photojournalism toolbox (maybe the best source of links)
ASMP – American Society of Media Photographers (deals more with
copyright issues)
PPA – Professional Photographers of America (copyright issues)
NPPA – National Press Photographers Association (1st Amendment issues)
NPAA advocacy blog
NPAA code of ethics
NPAA guide to business practices

List of photography rights/ethics links

ACLU list of photography rights
ACLU – You Have Every Right to Photograph That Cop
Bert P. Krages, attorney The Photographer’s Right (a simple
handout popular for its succinctness)
First Amendment Center – Photography and the First Amendment
Time Lightbox – Fight for Your Right: Resources for Photographers Covering Protests
Photojournalism, An Ethical Approach by Paul Martin Lester (at Fullerton University)
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press – Photographers guide to
Pixiq – Rights and Respect in photography


Carlos Miller – Photography is Not a Crime (reports on photographers’ rights news/cases)

Photographers being arrested covering Occupy protests

Vanity Fair – An Oral History of a Vanity Fair Photographer’s Arrest
at Occupy Wall Street
Washington Post – Photojournalist arrested at Occupy D.C.(links to
other arrest stories)
Poynter – Three-time Wisconsin “Photographer of the Year” arrested during Occupy rally


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