In the Picture with David Hoffman: War on Photography

Talk Tuesday 2nd February, 2010

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In the first In the Picture of 2010 David Hoffman will unpick the “War on Photography” – oppressive policing and privacy laws that limit press freedom. A founder of the “I’m a Photographer, not a Terrorist” movement, David Hoffman has been at the forefront of combating legislation and media-driven fears that have led to working photographers being branded as potential terrorists and even paedophiles. David Hoffman will also reflect on the challenges facing the photography profession, particularly the ready availability of free substitutes for photojournalists’ work and concerns over lowering of ethical and technical standards.

David Hoffman is a British photographer with a distinguished career in capturing social issues and campaigning for photographers’ rights. David Hoffman sold his first image to the Daily Mail in 1963, and has spent more than 30 years covering news events for newspapers and independently. He made his name documenting racial and social conflict, policing, homelessness, drugs, poverty, social exclusion and environmental pollution, often through coverage of protest.



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David Hoffman contributed to the first issue of Frontline: A Broadsheet with an article on police surveillance of photographers.