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Starting from today, a brand new law in Hungary makes it illegal to click snaps without receiving permission from everyone in the snap. This civil code makes the job of photojournalists and street photographers more complicated and allowing a whole lot of litigation.
This news was first revealed in a leading UK based newspaper. This new law just expands the present code that stops t he publication of snaps without permission. According to reports, the officials of the justice ministry stated that it is merely codifies existing court practice.
However, Hungarian photographers do not agree with this new rule. They call this new rule as vague and obstructive. The actual trouble lies with that word as civil code do not specify what exactly is considered illegal and what is not.
Speaking to a UK based newspaper, a Hungarian photogrphert told that the rules are not clear to him. There are even reports that judges are even privately stating that they have no idea how to judge cases under this new regulation.
The primary issues with the new law are 2 – fold. Well, 1st the code clears the door for any person on the road to register complaints anytime a journalist clicks a snap with them in it. And 2nd, this code further complicates taking snaps of police. Already, journalists have to blur polices’ faces when they click their snaps. Even this law has been under criticism because it keeps police to keep journalists as well as public from recording their actions.
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Ara Guler, the Turkish photography master’s exhibit named Old City in Istanbul’s Merkur Gallery with colorful views of the city which have not been showed together before, would stay open till Wednesday.
Istanbul, being the city of his birthplace as well as his dreams, Guler’s exhibit has a wide collection of pictures of the city – starting from wooden bay windowed house to fishing boats to bouldering streets to cobblestones pavements – a whole lot of scenes from this Turkish city could be spotted in this exhibit.
Guler told that if his photography of Istanbul had not existed, those old days, would have been forgotten today. There is nothing left from the Old City. The city’s aesthetic has altered. Civilization is going forward, but people have lost sense of beauty.
Following the fashion of great social documentary tradition, Ara Guler invariably intersects literature and cinema with each other in his snaps. He now has a distinguished spot in the world history of photograph. The Photography Annual Antalogy in the United Kingdom had declared him as one of best 7th photographers of world. In the year 1962, he accepted the title Master of Leica from Germany that was offered just to few photographers. Continue reading →
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