A note about taking pictures/video at events

First off, I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who took photos and video of the first general assembly. Images are posted on the Facebook page and more content will be up here on the blog tonight. Some truly inspiring footage came from the first meeting and I can only imagine what a great archive we’ll have in the near future.

I’ve gotten a few emails from people who are a little wary about being captured on camera. We should all assume that by attending these public assemblies (and future occupations), we will most likely end up in pictures and videos. That’s perfectly fine. However, some are taking big risks by helping out with the cause and would like to have a say in which images of themself are posted on the website and social networking sites. I think this is a fair request and would like to ask any artists, photographers, videographers, etc. to keep everyone in the loop.

Please respect one another’s preferences and personal space. When in doubt, ask them or at least tell everyone you are about to take pictures or record video so that everyone is aware. Please do not tag people on Facebook unless they OK it. If someone does not like an image of themselves (and just of them, not crowd/group shots), please respect their request and remove it. This is NOT intended to censor the movement but is being respectful to the members involved. We plan on recording every meeting and taking pictures but we will most likely stick to general crowd shots or those who volunteer to present/speak so that no one is singled out against their will.

We had a lot of media coverage at the first event, both from the mainstream media and from one another. I hope that continues. But I also want people to feel comfortable, especially those who choose to bring their young children or whose jobs may not be okay with their involvement (I know myself and a few others discussed this). While it’s tempting for some to tell us to throw caution to the wind, it’s not feasible for everyone at this point in time.

Thanks for your consideration and cooperation! You are all inspiring.

5 responses to “A note about taking pictures/video at events

  1. I’d like to play the Devil’s advocate here if I may. As I was reading the posts I had 2 totally different feelings. #1) You never know when a picture or a video will come in handy. Also if you are in the public you are subject to having your picture taken without your consent. Actually I could name a whole bunch of things that you can or can’t do it public but that’s a different post I’m sure LOL. This right is protected & is also what we are fighting for right? The freedom of speech, freedom of assembly & the right to express ourselves via, signs, chants, clothing etc.. Film or video’s fall under this same jurisdiction. In my opinion
    Secondly, I truly feel that most if not all of the people that are working with Occupy Reno, taking the pictures & video, would be willing to hear a person out if there is a real fear of someone loosing their job. Unfortunately we live in a right to work state where an employer can let you go for anything or absolutely nothing at all!
    I firmly feel in my heart that there is no one involved in this movement that wants their efforts to be for nothing. By even having the air of unwillingness to work with our fellow Occupiers & Supporters that will only hurt our chances of gaining numbers. Truly we are all fighting injustice in the system, we should set some example by working together on this minor issue. We can understand each other’s concerns if they are expressed & listened to, considered then a decision made.
    I realize this sounds like utopia, people actually working together🙂 Then again Why not in our little community?

  2. I see two points. First, while you are in a public place you have NO expectation of Privacy. NONE. It’s like walking down the street and someone shooting a photo. Sorry. You’re out in public, not behind closed doors or on private property. Second, my personal philosophy is to as for verbal consent when shooting close, and when shooting a group, let them know you are filming and that your camera WILL record their voices. This gives them the option of opting out of the scene. – The Gentleman Photographer

  3. The above comment perfectly describes why this post feeds into “fear”. We are told to photo and video all police activity. Yet we don’t want photos or video taken of us. Are we beginning with such hypocrisy? We are to “Occupy” public space and therefore abide by public code and conduct. So confused by this post, but not missing the point of Jack Hammer whatsoever.

    Beginning with the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, photography and photographers played an important role in advancing the American Civil Rights Movement by documenting the public and private acts of racial discrimination against African Americans.

    U.S. only
    Anyone can be photographed in a public place without their consent except when they have secluded themselves in places where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy such as dressing rooms, restrooms, medical facilities, etc.
    You are under no obligation to explain the purpose of your photography nor do you have to disclose your identity except upon request by a law enforcement officer.
    Absent of a court order no one has the right to confiscate your film. Doing so can constitute a criminal offence such as theft, coercion or harrassment.

    I love this movement. This does sound like censorship. We are the 99%, photographers in public space, please exercise your “Right” and shoot and film away!

  4. Nevada’s Government is a criminal enterprise, and that should be taken into consideration when considering photography, particularly in the context of encounters with authorities. For my money, the more the better to demonstrate the flagrant flouting of law by those who are supposed to represent it.

  5. We will be taking as many pictures of as many people as possible. Then, we will post them on the Internet forever for employers, future employers, government, and authorities. You are welcome