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Subject: RE: [Leica] Steve Unsworth PAW week 52
From: Alastair Firkin <>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 10:19:07 +1100
References: <000301c2b055$8bd9a300$26dc0b50@steveuns>

>From a, errr, strictly legal point of view almost every photograph on my
>web site is illegal. In France you are not allowed to photograph people
>where they can be identified unless you have their express permission,
>regardless of whether or not you gain financially from the photograph.
>In fact you cannot even take photographs of say a car or a boat if the
>registration/name is visible. There were a series of articles in a
>recent French Photo magazine that basically concluded that a
>Cartier-Bresson or a Doisneau would not be able to work in France today.
>My personal attitude is if someone indicates that they don't want their
>photograph taken, I don't take the photograph - I'd do this in any
>situation regardless of the law.

Sad situation, but likely to only get worse as PC ideals over ride 
common sense. Nice series of images. One day they will be regarded as 
"classics" just because they are old and no-one else is willing to 
take them, so keep recording life.

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Alastair Firkin

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