June 1st, 2008 Photographers’ Rights Rally at Hollywood and Highland

Photographers throughout Los Angeles, with cameras in hand, will gather at Hollywood and Highland and Union Station to peacefully rally against the unnecessary treatment they have received from security guards, LAPD, and LASD while photographing in public places, and on the Metro.

Start Time: 11:00am
Location: Hollywood and Highland, 6801 Hollywood Los Angeles, CA 90028

At about 1:30pm we will board the Metro and travel to Union Station for more picture taking.

Start Time: 2:00pm
Location: 800 N Alameda St Los Angeles, CA 90012

Updates: http://www.flickr.com/groups/laprotest/
Press Inquiries: info@discarted.com

24 Responses to “June 1st, 2008 Photographers’ Rights Rally at Hollywood and Highland”

  1. 1 DaDibbel May 16, 2008 at 4:02 am

    I am unable to be there but will be there with you all in spirit.
    Good luck to you all and be safe.

  2. 2 Asev May 16, 2008 at 4:24 am

    Not a photographer myself, but I’ll spread the word.

    Everyone participating might want to take a look at this or some similar guide about your rights.

    Good luck!

  3. 3 JCH May 16, 2008 at 5:20 am

    I think a wise person once said “The America I believe in would shut down Guantanamo Bay.” Also, the America I believe in lets photographers take photos in public places.

  4. 4 n8 May 16, 2008 at 5:43 am

    what if a bunch of art students sat down and sketched a public place? would that be a crime?

  5. 5 discarted May 16, 2008 at 6:15 am


    thank you for that link

  6. 6 nycphotorights May 16, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Wish something like this could be organized in New York City too…

  7. 7 Nilet May 16, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I can’t come (since I’m in New York) but I support your efforts. Photographers are harassed here too— I think it’s a nationwide epidemic. I’ve been stopped by the police for merely having a camera with me in small-town New Jersey! Perhaps I should organize an east coast protest along with yours.

  8. 8 discarted May 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Commander Dan Finkelstein, Chief of Transit Police for Metro, told LAist over the phone that there is no such law against photography.

    He explained that there are no laws affecting Metro properties regarding personal photography… – via Metroblog LA

  9. 9 Erik May 16, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Could you edit this post so as to be clear that the event is occurring on Sunday, the First of June, 2008?

  10. 10 Erik May 16, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Oh…it’s in the title. Ooops! 😉

  11. 11 Jake May 16, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I’m not able to make it this rally. and you know, if you do protest, weekday is better than weekend because no LASD on Sunday at Union Station! They don’t see it what we are doing!

  12. 12 clenchner May 16, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    host your own
    Photographers’ Rights Day

    Hey, discarted – please contact me! I’d like your permission on this….


  13. 13 discarted May 16, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    June 1, 2008 is now officially National Photographers’ Rights Day

  14. 14 MikeF May 16, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    If this hasnt’ been linked elsewhere, see this brief of photographers rights written by an attorney:


    I suggest that you make many copies available on June 1!

  15. 15 Allen Rockwell May 25, 2008 at 2:53 am

    I’m planning on being there representing The Digital Photography Podcast. I’ll be recording a special episode this evening to publicize the event.

  16. 16 serjio May 28, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    u guys are full of it. hope u all get arrested.

  17. 17 JCH May 29, 2008 at 3:51 am

    serjio – you must be a security guard.

    what an odd comment.

  18. 18 serjio May 30, 2008 at 4:39 am

    am not a security guard. I believe that guys think that u can go anywhere and start taking pic. yes, u should have the right, but sometimes u invade peoples privacy. u have no respect for the law……… and just because u go into a public place does not mean ur on public property. ur on private property open to the public. u guys really need a life, and stop doing rallys that creat traffic jams.

  19. 19 discarted May 30, 2008 at 8:35 am


    please explain how someone in public can have their privacy invaded? they’re in public! your expectation of privacy is non-existent. cities have cameras all over the place monitoring the streets, daily. private property open to the public such as the metro(which by the way is 80% funded through taxes and state and federal grants) still falls under constitutional law. please see pruneyard shopping center vs. robins.

    we have no respect for the law? that made me chuckle

    we’ll also be on the sidewalk and on the train so it’s very likely we won’t cause any traffic problems for you, unless you decided to drive on the sidewalk

  20. 20 Cozily June 19, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Cozily!!

  21. 21 Carl Hahn December 11, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Just found your article on Google. I am in the process of building a website, and am including an article on Photographers Rights. The more article I read, the more interesting this becomes. I was told by a police officer at an accident scene to put my camera way. I called his deprtment and internal affairs indicated he was wrong. I will know a little more the next time this happens. If anyone has any well written articles, they can be placed on my website.

    Carl Hahn

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