There may be no overarching ban on photography, but there has been a creeping restriction of everyday photography – by community safety wardens, private security guards, and self-appointed ‘jobsworths’. Although shifting and vague, the rationale for banning photography in our streets, public buildings and shopping malls often revolves around ‘privacy’ or ‘security’ concerns. Behind contemporary anxieties there lies a deep suspicion of the citizen, who is routinely identified as a predatory or threatening figure. This salon will discuss the growing restriction of citizen photography – and how it affects citizens’ visual and political engagement with public space. It will mark the launch of a Manifesto Club report: Policing the Public Gaze: The Assault on Citizen Photography
The salon will be introduced by Pauline Hadaway, director of Belfast Exposed photography gallery, and author of Policing the Public Gaze. The evening is in association with Belfast Exposed.
Date: Wednesday 30 September
Place: The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, WC1N 3AR
Cost: £10 (includes wine and nibbles)
To book a place at this salon, email Josie.Appleton@manifestoclub.com