Comment by SanFran
May 9, 2009 @ 8:21 am
Interesting… I’ve been snapping shots in/of muni stations/trains for a long time – I have many series’ of mass-transit photographs – it’s fascinating, topically for me. Anyhow, there have been muni/bart police present on occasion, and not once have they even seemed to notice.
I had no idea there was even a chance for concern here. While it won’t stop me from my photography, I’ll be armed with the correct response if approached by the authorities… Thanks for sharing, good work..
Comment by Mike
May 9, 2009 @ 9:37 am
My favorite part of this is that they not only tell you that you can’t take pictures but then they threaten to confiscate the camera, delete all your pictures, etc.
It’s one thing for someone to say “please don’t take my picture,” but it always escalates into a power struggle.
Comment by wake up
May 9, 2009 @ 11:13 am
Well, seeing you pay for their service through ticket fee’s and via taxation (municipal tax) You should be able to snap away, get as many photos as you want. See, this is exactly what happens when you have government intervention in every facet of our lives. More and more photo journalist are being arrested, fined or temporarily reprimanded for just doing what they do. Canada is passing a new border law, that allows their border patrol units to check your electronics (computer, ipod, camera, etc.) for “illegal files” or inappropriate material. Muni is afraid that if a person is near by with a camera, they won’t have the option to accidentally shoot a person when they meant to go for their taser again. Police state Amerika, anyone.
Comment by Marie
May 9, 2009 @ 11:35 am
I’m not a photographer but I am a regular MUNI rider, and I don’t get the motivation for this sort of creepy, aggressive photographing of strangers on MUNI. I don’t care if it’s Jameth’s MUNI Hot or Not photos, or this instance of insisting on photographing a bunch of fare inspectors who have indicated that they don’t want to be photographed. I don’t understand the point of it.
This reminds me of the photographer/blogger who was kicked out of the SFMOMA for taking shots of an employee’s cleavage. COME ON! I really would not want a stranger showing up in my cubicle insisting that I stand still for pics while I try to do my job.
Say what you will about the caliber of MUNI personnel. They’re human beings. I do not understand this sense of entitlement that every hipster with a camera seems to have. We MUNI passengers and personnel are not models who are being paid to pose for your camera. I don’t care what MUNI’s policy is or isn’t on the issue. The average five-year old who has been taught basic manners would know better than to treat other human beings like so many pieces of fruit in a still life.
Comment by SanFran