Photography as a Crime

Photography and privacy in public spaces: protecting photographers’ rights.

Simon Terrill, Rise
110cm x 110cm, type C print

“The project provided new clarity on photographers’ legal rights and responsibilities when working in public.” – Dr Melissa Miles

This project addressed a major issue affecting amateur, professional and artistic photographers – the increasing restrictions on photography in public space. It assessed the serious consequences of these restrictions for our recorded identity and social history, and provided important practical support for photographers. Conducted in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), the project resulted in a legal guide for photographers made freely available online, the photography exhibition In Camera and in Public (International), which formed part of the prestigious 2011 Melbourne International Festival, a fully subscribed symposium, and groundbreaking edited book The Photographic Threat including essays from experts in the field.

Professor Anne Marsh
Dr Melissa Miles
Dr Daniel Palmer
Professor Mark Davison

Funded by
The Australian Research Council Linkage Grant

Partner organisation
The Centre for Contemporary Photography

Simon Terrill, Barrio, 2013
180cm x 240cm, type C print