Published March 6, 2014
discarted , Hollywood , LAPD , Los Angeles , Photography , Photojournalism , Police , Shawn Nee
Tags: Oscars, Oscars 2014, private security contractors, TracStar
The Oscars occurred this past Sunday in Hollywood. There were lots of laughs, gaffes, extensive thank you speeches, and a pizza delivery man became an overnight social media sensation. Ellen Degeneres even broke a twitter record for the most retweeted tweet of all time. So it’s obvious that lots of people tuned in to experience this very special night.
On the other hand, there’s a side of the Oscars Ceremony that the television audience doesn’t get to experience. Here’s what goes on outside of the Dolby theater and away from the red carpet.
There were camouflaged women with unidentified black logos on their sleeves. That’s a TracStar system they’re standing next to.
Continue reading ‘What You Didn’t See During the Broadcasting of the 2014 Oscars Ceremony’
Published February 21, 2014
Documentary Photography , Photographers' Rights , Photography , Photojournalism , Police , Police Harassment , Protests , Protests & Rallies , Shawn Nee , Street photography
Tags: discarted, shawn nee
They bring SWAT teams to peaceful protests nowadays
“gritchyo teet’ & lock yo knees”
Published January 21, 2014
Above The Law , Documentary Photography , Hollywood , LAPD , LAPD 44 , Photographers' Rights , Photography , Photojournalism , Police , Police Harassment , Shawn Nee , Street photography
Tags: discarted, hollywood, lapd, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Department, shawn nee
If the Los Angeles Police Department was potentially accessing your private information via a government database like the DMV, you would think that the subject of those searches would have a right to know if the information was accessed, when it was accessed, and why it was accessed. That way, the person could determine if the searches were done legally, or illegally. And whether or not, at the very least, find out if the searches violated LAPD policy.
Well, having carte blanche to this information may be true in states like Florida where there are very strong public records laws that keep government open and protect the public’s right to know. But what holds true in the Sunshine State, does not in The Golden State.
Continue reading ‘LAPD Denies My Request Seeking the Number of Times Their Officers Accessed My Personal Information’
At least one person thinks I’m a decent photographer.
Last night, an email popped up on my phone that looked like another man notifying me that I’d inherited 10 million Nigerian nairas. So I went back to work, and ignored it for a few hours. But later, when I checked the rest of my emails I realized it was from someone congratulating me on making Complex Magazine’s “The 50 Greatest Street Photographers Right Now”.
It was a nice surprise, and seeing that I’ve been laying low for a while and not paying much attention to the photography world it was very unexpected. And I really can’t believe the writer called me “…a bit of a folk hero in the street photography world.” Haven’t heard that one before, especially since my photography has caused other people to call me things much worse than that. So it was a nice use of words.
I’m really appreciative being a part of this group of people. It’s motivating and helps you can keep going when you feel like putting the camera down for good.
So if you have some free time, go check out Complex Magazine because there’s some great photographers on that list.