Photography and Politics

If you don’t live in the tri-state area, you may not have heard, but there is currently a proposed law in New Jersey, that, according to Jezebel:

“would make it illegal to photograph or videotape children when ‘a reasonable parent or guardian would not expect his child to be the subject of such reproduction.'”

I don’t typically discuss politics on this blog, but since the subject of photography is involved I thought it was interesting to bring up and wanted to get your thoughts. While the goal here is to help prevent child predators from photographing kids, there’s a big risk here that innocent people could get into trouble with no intention of any wrongdoing. I think it’s clear that the bill in question needs to be more specific before it gets passed.

© Brandie Raasch 2010

I’m sure many people, myself included, have taken photographs of kids either intentionally, just because it made a cute photo (i.e. photo at left), or unintentionally because they were just in the background.

What do you think? Is this kind of bill a good idea?


About Brandie

I'm a freelance photographer based in Paris.
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