Re: Kuwait reported to have banned use of DSLRs in public UPDATED

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Lucy Melford
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Re: Kuwait reported to have banned use of DSLRs in public UPDATED
Nov 30, 2010

Still, this could be the writing on the wall for big cameras with big lenses.

Surely there is little doubt that, in general, governments around the world would prefer to see much less investigative photography. And not just governments. I'm sure that organisations, corporations, and political parties would like an excuse to take a very hard line against any photographer caught shooting some aspect of their operations. To the extent of serious injury. And large, hard-to-conceal, professional-looking equipment rather marks you out as someone looking for a story, and therefore, in their view, a proper target for their heavy mob.

None of this will stop the determined photo-journalist, but the amateur could be intimidated.

I wonder if we will end up shooting innocent subjects with modern versions of the 'toy'cameras of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s? Remember such things as 110? Just to stay within the law, and avoid falling victim to official or private thuggery?

Or will the ubiquity of phone cameras and point-and-shoots, which are getting better all the time, render any government's attempts to control the medium completely fruitless?
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