There is an excellent article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald about the increasing pressures faced by today’s generation of street photographers. Linda Morris of the Herald points out that privatisation of public space and a creeping intolerance and paranoia born of anxieties around terrorism and paedophilia has led to an anti-photography vibe in Australia. She interviewed a few of Australia’s and England’s leading street photographers who gave their own stories of intolerance based on the publics “insistence on a right to privacy.”
This way of thinking has led to anti-terrorism legislation for example in England that has made anyone with a camera a suspect. Thank god it has been overturned. I would hate to think that Australia is following down this path.
Here is the link to the article Fear Shrouds Faces in the Street
Australian photography rights here