Jess Hurd

Archive for July, 2010

Press Photographers’ Year

Chuffed to get an image (however weird and disturbing) selected for the Press Photographers’ Year.

The exhibition is showing at the Littleton Theatre at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank, it’s on till 19th September and is free to enter. There is also a book available to order here spanning two years of the competition.

A big thank you to the organisers, well done to the winners and as the PPY says:

Our aim is to demonstrate…that even in an age of rolling television news, internet and satellite communication, the traditional still image burns the keenest, fastest impression on the public conscience and is the most effective way to show the world the world as it really is”

Toy Graveyard, Normandy. France.

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See more from the Toy Graveyard slideshow here

Living under curfew – Dispersal Orders

Young Bengali men argue against being issued a Dispersal Order by PCSO’s. The controversal order effectively means an enforced curfew for those deemed anti social between 6pm and 4am every day.

Dispersal orders give the police additional powers, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 to disperse groups of two or more people where an officer has reasonable grounds for believing that their presence or behaviour has resulted, or is likely to result, in a member of the public from being harassed, intimidated, alarmed or distressed.

Once asked to disperse it will be a criminal offence for that person to return to the dispersal area for a 24-hour period and could lead to a £2,500 fine or imprisonment.

If a young person under the age of sixteen is stopped in the area after 9pm and is not accompanied by an adult the police can escort them to their home address, if they are either at risk or vulnerable from anti-social behaviour, crime or causing, or at risk of causing, anti-social behaviour. Tower Hamlets, East London.

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Save Our Schools

Teachers, parents and students rally against the governments education cuts. Methodist Central Hall. London.

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Vince Cable – Learning for Life

Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills addresses trade unionists at the TUC for the first time since being elected. Unionlearn Learning for Life Annual Conference.

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New Scotland Yard – Flash!

Photographers gather outside New Scotland Yard to celebrate the European Court of Human Rights decision to reject the governments appeal to its decision in January that ruled Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The campaign is not over yet, we want s44 repealed and there are rafts of other laws police are at liberty to harass us with.

But it is important to mark the victories when we win them!

For more info click here

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Victory! Flash Mob

Last week the European Court of Human Rights rejected the governments appeal to its decision in January that ruled Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Although the Home Office has said it is still considering how the ruling affects the law and the police will continue to use it. It’s possible that any Stop & Search under s44 since 12th January 2010 will be open to legal challenge, so hang on to any receipts.

Unfortunately there are still a swathe of laws that police use to harass photographers, most notably s43, which is similar to s44 but requires an officer to suspect that you are a terrorist and s76 which makes it illegal to ‘elicit information about a police officer’ which includes photographing them.

In the meantime we’re going back to the place where our campaign started, outside New Scotland Yard. We’ll be gathering at 12 noon, tomorrow Sunday 4th July (Independence Day!) Come along and lets celebrate a little more freedom for photographers.



London Photographers’ Branch

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