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When Everyone Has a Camera: Street Photography, the Right to Free Expression, and the Right to Privacy in the Internet Age Panel Discussion

November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In conjunction with Alen MacWeeney and a Century of New York Street Photography, Professor of Photography Karl Baden with the ILA presents a panel discussion: “When Everyone Has a Camera: Street Photography, the Right to Free Expression, and the Right to Privacy in the Internet Age”.

Because street photography occurs in a public space it has been protected as a right to free expression under the US Constitution’s First Amendment. The digital revolution of the past three decades, social media, the ubiquitous smartphone, and increasingly high resolution, affordable surveillance cameras, however, have blurred the line between public and private spaces. Suspicion and resistance by the general public has grown to being photographed by a random individual, especially without permission. At the same time, particularly in urban environments, the public is constantly on camera, surveilled by governmental and corporate entities, from body cams on a police officer’s lapels to satellite cameras powerful enough to read license plates. It is these paradoxical issues that the panel and exhibition seek to highlight and debate.

Free; no registration required.