In my freelance shoots, I frequently find myself being accosted by the "authorities". "Bakit ka nagshu-shoot? Para sa'n y'an? Taga media ka ba?", sometimes accompanied by a hint of menace underneath a polite veneer. The message is clear in these situations. "YOU CAN'T SHOOT WITHOUT A PERMIT".(ME in a silent thought baloon; PERMIT?!)A recent post by a friend in his blog agit'ed me again on how photographers are constantly being harangued by The Man. I promptly searched the www and found this piece by an American lawyer, pertaining to photography and US laws. While it can, to some extent, be applied to the Philippine context, I would, as a Filipino photographer, be more assured with a Philippine version of said text. With Philippine journalists apparently being actual targets in a not so hidden war on "terrorism", I think its quite timely to spread the word on this.
Calling on the PCP!