Policing the Public Gaze

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Arbitrary authoritarianism imposed by 'jobsworths' who seek to stop photographers providing us with a record of everyday life and critical moments in history are the subject of this compelling interview. Pauline Hadaway is Director of the unique photography gallery Belfast Exposed and authored the report Policing the Public Gaze published by the Manifesto Club. Joe Earle asks Pauline to explain more.

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Policing the Public Gaze, an interview with Pauline Hadaway, Director of Belfast Exposed Photography, exposes the way people are stopped from filming and photographing in public spaces for no good reason. It looks at the way unofficial photography of Belfast during the troubles provided a useful counterpoint to official photography, and showed the political engagement of people, and gives a definition of a Jobsworth, (often voluntary safety officers or something similar) people with no legal authority to stop the photographer, and are acting completely outside their often quite limited authority, often without knowledge of the law. This film highlights how the arbitrary nature of stopping people frightens people into not taking pictures just to be on the safe side, but they needn’t be afraid, this is their democratic right, as it should be.
By WORLDwrite 5 years ago