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Educational Program

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All of the elements of the Educational Program are merely references and guidelines we are proposing for the museums to consider within their own activities.
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The current fear of photography

Anyone who wishes to understand why restrictions on taking photos are becoming increasingly stringent.


When French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson recommended in his 1952 essay "The Decisive Moment" that if a photographer worked in a hostile place, the first thing to do was to spend time with the children, to photograph them, to thus be able to gain the trust of the adults. Back then there were no laws that prohibited photographing children without their parents’ permission.

Nowadays, in many public places such as fairs, shopping malls, and parks, there is a prohibition against taking photographs; the justification is that these places constitute private property. In airports, it is not possible to photograph because it is federal land. It is no longer possible to photograph outside schools because people fear the photographer might be a kidnapper. You cannot take photos in the street because of the fear of terrorists, the police, spies, or any number of explanations dreamt up by a tormented conscience.

As Pedro Meyer mentioned in his Editorial #78, the British prime minister suggested restrictions be imposed to prevent photos from being taken in public spaces. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, among other well-known actors, did not allow guests to bring cell phones (with cameras) or cameras to their wedding.

Photography has become a threat to society, although its function is to communicate, Photography has been used as a means of control, so we live in an age of information wars.

In this roundtable, the restrictions imposed on photography will be analyzed; why they exist, how they could be changed, and what can we expect in the future.

Two hours or more if necessary.

Profile or Panel Members:
Lawyer or legislator

Note. The panel may consist of all of the above members or just some of them.

A video projector and a computer, if necessary.

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