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Press photographers took to the streets this week in another round of riots against the lack of photographic material in Britain. The protesters marched to Westminster to try to stop legislation being passed which will make England less scenic, as part of the Coalitions cuts. (see Link1)
“There’s no demand for professionally taken photos anymore. They don’t have this problem in France or Denmark - their pictures always have fantastic backdrops. In Italy they filled their cabinet with models just to help the photography industry. How are we expected to make a living when all we have to work with is car parks, Lidl and Michael Gove?” said David Melman, 43, a freelance photographer.
Towards the afternoon the demonstrations turned violent. One photographer used a tripod to smash the windscreen of a police van, as the others gleefully took photos of the incident (pictured via Link2 below). The aggression spilled out on to the surrounding streets, as police attempts to ‘Kettle’ the rioters failed. Enraged photographers held cameras high above their heads instead of banners. Whilst specialised anti-camera police were deployed, wearing protective face gear designed to minimize effects of redeye and high-tech vests to absorb flash. (see Link 3)
“This problem has been going on for years, but up till now we haven’t had nearly enough exposure,” claimed a spokesman for the Photographers Organisation for Security and Employment (POSE). “I have had to start doing photocopying work in some seedy back office just to make ends meet. I was trained to capture moments of emotion, fragments of feeling. Its so degrading taking photos of A4 pieces of paper for admin purposes.”
The protests look set to continue as the government and photogrpahers nattionwide are locked in a standoff.