There’s been some buzz the past couple of days about an incident on a Red Line platform in which a man was told he couldn’t take pictures because of the “9/11 Law.” A transcript of the entire ridiculous exchange between the photog and Metro is available here on BoingBoing. (Metro employees really should refrain from using profanity when addressing transit patrons. Remember, the customer is always right.)
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 and that being questioned by police is routine, something no more or less than being pulled over for having your tail light out.
So, what CAN you take pictures of in L.A.? Luckily, some lawyerly dude crafted THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S RIGHT, a downloadable PDF that should fold nicely into your camera bag. Did you know that you can legally photograph bridges, residential and commercial buildings, transportation facilities, and law enforcement officers?
Have fun this weekend, artist.
Photo from malingering’s photostream