Photographers’ rights under Trafalgar Square spotlight

August 2, 2009

Photographers tonight gathered around the Four Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square to witness Steven Brown’s bid to publicise nationwide campaigns fighting for the right to take pictures in public.

Steven ‘Spike’ Brown, from St Albans in Hertfordshire carried placards to highlight photographers’ rights campaigns run separately by Amateur Photographer magazine and the British Journal of Photography.


The photographer carried – and repeatedly photographed himself holding – the Amateur Photographer rights campaign banner during the hour-long session from 10-11pm.

Amateur Photographer technical writer Barney Britton and news editor Chris Cheesman were among the crowd.

A photographer from South Africa, who works in the UK as a teacher and takes freelance pictures in his spare time, was also among the supporters. He first heard about AP’s campaign several years ago when police swooped on an amateur photographer in East London who officers wrongly suspected of planning a possible terror attack on Canary Wharf.

Antony Gormley’s One & Other project, which began on 6 July, will see 2,400 people occupying the plinth for an hour each.

The Guardian newspaper says it plans to document the sculpture’s project ‘in its entirety’ until its conclusion on 14 October.

Built in 1841, the normally empty Fourth Plinth is now used for specially commissioned artworks.

To watch the official Fourth Plinth video of last night’s session featuring Steven ‘Spike’ Brown click HERE

Trafalgar Square photographer

Picture credit: Chris Cheesman


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