"USA" related posts on the blog

Police officer draws weapon for a camera

tense argument because of a camera in the US

Hungarion version

Video frame by News2share

A San Diegoi police officer unholstered his gun because he was unable to decide if a camera or weapon is aimed at him by a cameraman. The frighetned photographer resisted to put  down the camera, but in the end the conflict ended without gunshot.
US sites mostly shared this story as an example for the restriction of photographers’ rights, abuse and police brutality. However it is also a very important to think about how you communicate with officials.

Photographer sued Steven Spielberg

wasn't allowed to photograph movie shooting in New York

Hungarion version
Brooklyn Bridge in New York

Photo by Attila Volgyi / blog.volgyiattila.com

An interesting legal debate started when Steven Spielberg (employees) didn’t allow a photographer to take paparazzi photos of a movie shooting on the streets of New York. Security guards did everything they could to prevent photographing the movie shooting. They installed blockades, canvases, privacy screens and held umbrellas in front of the photographer to block his view. Photographer in return sued the movie company for infringing First amendment rights as New York streets are private property and it is part of freedom of speech to take photos of things happening on the streets.

George W. Bush speech in Budapest

view from Citadel serves as a special backdrop

Hungarion version
http://attilavolgyi.photoshelter.com/search?I_DSC=george+bush&I_DSC_AND=t&_ACT=search

George W. Bush president of the US delivers his speech held in Budapest, Hungary on June 22, 2006.

It is not the first time and perhaps not the last either Budapest to greet a president of the USA. Visit of George W. Bush in the city will be memorable for me. Not only because it is connected to the commemoration events of the 1956 uprising, but because it was the first time I had a chance to photograph the president of the USA and the first lady – but not the last time to this either.