City in Kansas Under Fire for Requiring That Photogs Buy a Permit to Use Public Parks
I have been challenged by various city employees at public parks here in Los Angeles. Apparently a pro still photog needs a permit not just in parks, but on the sidewalk! Not that I have deep pockets but that looks like an infringement to me. Note to officials-A tripod is not a hazard to public safety. Your liability concerns are self serving rubbish.
Overland Park, Kansas became the focal point of many a photographers’ ire this week when it was announced that, from now on, professional photographers would be required to purchase permits if they wanted to shoot in any of the city’s public parks.
For many photographers, the local park is an easy go-to if you don’t want to shoot in the studio. You’ve probably seen senior portraits, engagement shoots and more taking place at your local park, but that’s no longer going to be the case in the city of Overland Park, Kansas.
The news broke earlier this week and already the photo community the world over is outraged. After all, tax dollars paid at least in part by professional photographers maintain public spaces, why should photogs be forced to buy permits to shoot there?