The hysteria against photographers since 9/11 is not just an American thing. It’s a global epidemic that has changed the way some photographers conduct their art.
In the case of Austrialian photographer Rex Dupain, who was once renowned for his candid beach photography, it has forced him to give up that style of photography altogether.
“A lone man with a camera these days is not a good look,” he told The Australian in a well-researched article on photographers’ rights in the land down under.
Australia’s photography laws are similar if not equal to what we have in the United States. You can photograph anyone in public as long as they don’t have an expectation of privacy.
But as many photographers know, what the law states and how police act are two different things.
Dupain, who is the son of famed beach photographer Max Dupain, has been threatened with arrest several times and has even had his camera confiscated a few times.
Although photography is supposedly legal in public Australia, many national parks and municipal councils are now requiring permits to take pictures, even if it’s just for amatuer purposes.
The ongoing harassment against photographers in Australia sparked a protest in August where more than 700 photographers demonstrated in Sydney to voice their outrage.