Tag Archives: Photographer

The Return of S44?

Press photographers get stop & searched for weapons under terrorism powers en-route to Brighton in 2013. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Press photographers get stop & searched for weapons under terrorism powers en-route to Brighton in 2013.
© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

If you have been stopped and searched under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act in the last year or so, despite it being repealed, please let us know.
The PHNAT team have been made aware of a serious breach of law and would like to establish how widespread the misuse of counter terrorism powers or other stop and search powers are affecting photographers and videographers.
Please @phnat your experiences on Twitter or Facebook us.
You can also contact us directly by email at PHNAT.

Olympics Callout

Olympic Stadium © London 2012 Press Office


With a huge police operation, thousands of troops, private security and new legal powers taking over parts of London during the upcoming Olympic & Paralympic games, the PHNAT campaign will be closely monitoring the experiences of photographers, both amateur and professional, around the events & sites. Continue reading

Video: City Hall Flashmob

On World Press Freedom Day 2011, photographers and PHNAT supporters converged on London’s City Hall  to highlight the harassment of photographers by security guards on privately owned but publicly accessible areas of London and hand our letter in to the Mayor. As well as the photographs and interview in the original article we want to share this video report of the action courtesy of Videojournalist Jason N Parkinson:

PHNAT Flashmob City Hall from Jason N. Parkinson on Vimeo.

Video: Stand your Ground

A glimpse of attitudes to photography of many city security guards:

Video & text from the London Street Photography Festival.

On Tuesday 21 June 2011 six photographers were assigned different areas of the City to photograph. Some used tripods, some went hand held, one set up a 5 x 4.

All were instructed to keep to public land and photograph the area as they would on a normal day. The event aimed to test the policing of public and private space by private security firms and their reaction to photographers.

All six photographers were stopped on at least one occasion. Three encounters led to police intervention.

This is what happened.

Directed and Produced by Hannah White for the London Street Photography Festival
Edited by Stuart York

Many thanks to:

Tim Bowditch
Leona Chaliha
Ana Galanou
Michael Grieve
David Hoffman
Chris Ogilvie
Pennie Quinton
Liam Ricketts
Toby Smith
Grant Smith
Camilla Webster
Philip Wolmuth
Stuart York

Graham Mantle


In 1961, Eisenhower warned of the “unwarranted influence” of the “military industrial complex”. He and Roosevelt believed fear was dangerous.
Thomas Jefferson said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance”. We are deprived of that vigilance if we cannot show a record.
If we must “prove”…”reasonable excuse” (s76), that presumption of guilt is a police state.
Roosevelt remarked, “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on”.
With many ropes and many knots, we might help each other to hang on. Good luck to all.

Graham Mantle is a (tourist) Photographer, Not a Terrorist

Oliver Geils


I have made this portrait in an effort to help the cause and protest against the ever tightening restrictions being imposed upon photographers nation wide.
I study Documentary Photography at Newport University, and am becoming increasingly worried about the measures the police are taking in order to maintain a hold over the public and strip photographers of one of the most candid forms of the medium.

Oliver Geils is a Photographer, Not a Terrorist