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    Photography and Privacy Law in Italy

    Over time I've been photographing people mostly unaware on the street. At this point it's second nature for me to photograph whatever I find interesting and if the subject rather I didn't... I'll apologize after the fact (if at all).

    But then I remembered that Britain and France have these privacy laws against photographing random people without their permission.

    What's the situation in Italy?

    I understand the practical matters, that whether there is a law or not, if you are an intrusive jerk you may get punched or worse. But, with moderate discretion and common sense, how is doing street photography there?

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    Re: Photography and Privacy Law in Italy

    My most recent experience has been in Venice ....everyone has a camera and other than some people being shy ...never had a single objection . Generally if you are discrete and keep moving ...you will not run into anything .

    Publishing is another story ...if you ever plan to make a book or maybe even exhibit you work ..you need a signed release . A friend of mine had 6 years worth of work in Venice (all B&W TRI X) and could not find anyone willing to even look at his work without releases .

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    Re: Photography and Privacy Law in Italy

    Here's an ASMP link describing this topic...

    https://www.asmp.org/releases/model-...tions-release/

    Look at the work of Fan Ho to be inspired.

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    Re: Photography and Privacy Law in Italy

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankly View Post
    Britain and France have these privacy laws against photographing random people without their permission.
    In the UK if someone is in a public place you do not need their permission. ie. walking in the street

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    Re: Photography and Privacy Law in Italy

    I get out of jail in 2022. I've learned lots of new things here, quite an experience.

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