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Convicted for doing nothing illegal

Showing my libertarian streak here, but hang in there with me.  This situation frustrates me.  David Clarkson explains

A man who took photos of women’s breasts and buttocks as they walked in Hagley Park said he was pursuing a “hobby”.

Errol Reginald Standeven was today convicted of offensive behaviour and fined $600.

The 49-year-old technician took 269 photographs around Hagley Park, including many of women and children’s breast and buttock areas.

The photographs showed people walking or exercising around the park.

Many were full-length images, but many also focused on the body area with no faces visible.

Standeven defended the charge at a Christchurch District Court hearing before two Justices of the Peace, but was found guilty.

He had taken all 269 photographs over one or two weeks, he told the hearing.

“It’s a hobby,” he said. “I like taking photos.”

Even though Errol’ behaviour is extremely concerning, I don’t understand it to be illegal. ¬†As a photographer, you are allowed to take photos of anything and anyone as long as they are in a public place.

Granted, asking permission is a good thing to do. ¬†But it isn’t actually a legal requirement. Read more »

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Philippe Halsman: Dali Atomicus, 1948

Philippe Halsman: Dali Atomicus, 1948

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Photo: Philip Jones Griffiths GB. NORTHERN IRELAND. 1973. The incongruities of daily life in the urban war zone. For years, the people of Northern Ireland lived in a strange and strained symbiosis with the occupying British army.

Photo: Philip Jones Griffiths
GB. NORTHERN IRELAND. 1973. The incongruities of daily life in the urban war zone. For years, the people of Northern Ireland lived in a strange and strained symbiosis with the occupying British army.

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Lee Jeffries

Lee Jeffries

Lee Jeffries¬†is a self-taught artist who has surprised the insular photography world with his¬†striking series of black-and-white portraits¬†of homeless men and women. Read more »

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Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton (1920 – 2004)

Two Pairs of Legs in Black Stockings, Paris, 1979 Read more »

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Weegee

Weegee

Top Hats: ¬†In trouble, Charles Sodokoff, 28 and Arthur Webber, 32, ¬†both Broklynites, use their toppled toppers to hide their faces as they take a free ride to Felony Court. ¬†The boys were tippling at Astor Bar on a Saturday night when they slide down bannisters for fun … ¬†The Cop was called, and they assaulted him. ¬†The Funsters then went from a Mahogany bar to the Iron Type.

Published: New York Daily News, 27 January 1942

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