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Photography is not a crime - not even for trains. - Paint It Black
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Photography is not a crime - not even for trains.
Except, perhaps, when you're being encouraged by Amtrack to take pictures of their trains. I don't even know what to say about this.

Armed with his Canon 5D and his new Lensbaby lens, photographer Duane Kerzic was out to win Amtrak’s annual photo contest this week, hoping to win $1,000 in travel vouchers and have his photo published in Amtrak’s annual calendar.

He ended up getting arrested by Amtrak police; handcuffed to a wall in a holding cell inside New York City’s Penn Station, accused of criminal trespass.
Kerciz says he was hardly trespassing because he was taking photos from the train platform; the same one used by thousands of commuters everyday to step on and off the train.

“The only reason they arrested me was because I refused to delete my images,” Kerzic said in a phone interview with Photography is Not a Crime on Friday.

Full story at this Prison Planet article, since the main reporting site (Carlosmiller.com) is currently returning naught but 403 errors.

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varro From: varro Date: January 5th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
It's already made Fark, so there might be a mistake in a URL somewhere.

Absolutely ricockulus. Those cops should be made to make sure people don't steal napkins from the commissary, if they're retained at all.
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