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Know Your Rights for Photography; Defending the First Amendment in Public Space

Shanna Merola Workshop

Saturday, November 02 - 4:45PM to 5:30PM
de Saisset Museum Auditorium

Know Your Rights for Photography is grounded in the historical analysis and power of bearing witness through the lens, beginning with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee photographers of the Civil Rights Movement. This workshop offers information on the rights of photographers under the first amendment, but it also encourages participants to consider the kind of agency that is created through visual storytelling. Ultimately this is the power that artists hold, to inspire political movements, sway public opinion, and reach far beyond the constraints of our limited legal system. Participants will learn what constitutes public space and freedom of speech under the First Amendment (with regard to both photography and protest) as well as restrictions or exceptions. We will also discuss how to invoke your rights in the event that you are stopped, questioned or detained, and how to take action if you believe your rights have been violated.


Shanna Merola
Shanna Merola

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