Security Guards Forbid Photography of Landmark Miami Herald Building

Discussion in 'Photography, Law & Travel' started by Carlos Miller @ PINAC, Jun 16, 2012.

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    The Miami Herald, which has won three Pulitzer prizes for photography (as well as many more for reporting), is forbidding citizens from taking photos of its building because it is a “landmark” building.
    At least that is what a pair of security guards told Miami blogger Alesh Houdek, who revived his once popular Critical Miami blog to write about the incident after an almost four-year hiatus.
    But one Miami Herald reporter shrugged off the incident as non-significant because it wasn’t as if the security guard had pulled a gun or anything.
    But perhaps movie critic Rene Rodriguez realized we weren’t discussing plot points because he quickly deleted his comments from the Facebook conversation, which I managed to capture in a screen shot.
    And considering this is the area where a naked man was shot dead by police while chewing the face of another man last month, you can almost understand how a security guard trampling the rights of a citizen would not raise much of a muster in the Herald’s depleted newsroom.
    But many of us outside the newsroom are pretty appalled, including Miami blogger Random Pixels who is suggesting we organize a photo protest as we did a couple of previous times.
    Maybe they can send Paradise Afshar down to cover it.
    Or Fabiola Santiago down to tweet about it.
    Or maybe they should just stay at their desks, exchanging emails discussing whether it is a newsworthy story or not.
    We probably shouldn’t expect them to send down any photographers considering they have slashed their photo staff down to almost nothing in recent years.
    But whether or not we are willing to participate in a photo protest, we should photograph this building before it’s too late because it is a landmark building and it won’t be long before they tear it down to make room for a mega-resort with possible casinos.
    And you know once that happens, Genting casino goons won’t allow anybody to take photos.
    Please send stories, tips and videos to carlosmiller@magiccitymedia.com.


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