Jess Hurd

Posts Tagged ‘Trafalgar Square’



I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist Mass Gathering. © Jess Hurd/

Today we celebrate ten years since the magnificent “Mass Photo Gathering” when thousands of photographers swarmed Trafalgar Square demanding their rights organised by press freedom campaign group,  I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist (@phnat).

Amateurs and professionals from across the land, armed with only their cameras and tiny placards, came to protest against increased police use of stop and search powers against photographers. 

In the weeks leading up to the event an avalanche of high profile stop and searches, threats and arrests of photographers highlighted once again the police were equating photography with the threat of terrorism. 

Leading architectural photographer and PHNAT organiser Grant Smith was one of those high profile cases. Whilst photographing the 300-year spire of Sir Christopher Wren’s Christ Church he was apprehended by City of London police. A squad of seven officers, in three cars and a riot van attended the scene and searched him under Section 44. 

© Jess Hurd/

BBC photographer Jeff Overs was also stopped under suspicion of terrorism reconnaissance while photographing St Paul’s Cathedral. Amateur photographer Andrew White was questioned by two police community support officers for photographing Christmas lights in Brighton. 

The issue was lampooned by Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell who depicted Police Community Support Officers arresting train spotters and automatic photo booths. On the day the BBC, ITN, CNN and Sky News all ran live reports and interviews from Trafalgar Square. Phnat had mobilised thousands and reached millions of people across the country and worldwide.

End of Section 44 in sight – find out more in our online pamphlet: I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist – A Brief History 

For the latest press freedom updates follow @phnat on Twitter or

Thatcher’s Dead Party

Protesters burn the book, Margaret Thatcher – The Downing Street Years during a party in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. London.

© Jess Hurd/

Images available to download and licence from



Remember, remember…

London joins a worldwide day of protests and cyber attacks against governments, banks and security firms has been launched by Hacker collective Anonymous to mark Guy Fawkes Day, 5th November. With V for Vendetta masks from the film. March from Trafalgar Square to Westminster Parliament.

© Jess Hurd/ 


Disabled Protest blocks Trafalgar Sq

DPAC action against benefit cuts, care funding and Loss of Remploy jobs.

Disabled activists block Trafalgar Square against benefit cuts and the Welfare Reform Bill. London.

See slideshow here

© Jess Hurd/

Red Arrows

Red Arrows – the RAF’s aerobatic display team, perform a fly past for the Trooping the Colour. Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square. London.

© Jess Hurd/

%d bloggers like this: