NYC shutterbugs, lightstalkers, photojournalists, filmmakers...

In case you haven't already heard the news, we - photographers, filmakers, local residents, and tourists - are on the verge of facing serious restrictions by New York City Mayor's Office. The City of New York plans to enact legislation THIS FRIDAY that will require a group of two or more people who want to use a moving or still camera in a public location for more than half an hour (including setup and breakdown time) to get a permit and proof of a one million dollar liability insurance policy. There would also be a requirement for groups of five or more who use a tripod for more than ten minutes to provide the same.

This legislation is a significant threat to the livelihoods of many, many artists (myself included) and a violation of our Constitutional First Amendment right to photograph in public places.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION by Thursday night to prevent this disaster from happening:


Every signature counts and is greatly appreciated. You don't have to be a New York resident to sign it. Please pass this on.

To learn more about the planned law, click to NY Times article on proposed rules