Where is Photography Banned?

Hello friends, Team Fliqaindia come a new photography related topic for you. In today’s Blog we’re going to discuss and go over where is photography banned.

Photography counting on where we live it’s something we’d deem granted. Here in the India we are free to Photograph most things in a public space. We can practice our street photography, take pictures of architecture and famous buildings and even here on our blog we often encourage you guys to go out and photograph places in your neighborhood and people in your neighborhood. But not every country grants its citizens the liberty to photograph everything they need. Now, we want to talk about a few examples where taking photos is against the law or frowned upon. But before we tell you how you might end up in India prison be sure to subscribe to our page to stay up to date with our photography stories. Recently we were in Tibet and on our first day there we were told that we were not allowed to photograph Chinese flags in the country. We guess is that these types of photo scan cause a lot of controversy. However there have been Chinese flags literally everywhere including on top of all of the tents at Mount Everest base camp. So if you wanted to require an image of base camp there was no way to avoid having the flags and therefore  the images. But this did make us think about all of the places in the world where photography is severely limited or restricted. So we did a little bit of research just out of curiosity to see what kinds of photos are prohibited in other countries.

1. South Korea:  In South Korea it is forbidden to photograph women without their consent and that includes women on the street. Even if they’re in publicly places if you are doing photograph a lady without her consent, it’s considered an act of sexual aggression and you’ll be punished by a fine of up to 10 million won that is the equivalent of eight thousand eight hundred dollars and 5 years in prison. According to Wikipedia there was a 2017 amendment that permits for chemical castration of people taking such photographs. This amendment however did not pass. But this definitely shows how serious of a criminal offense it’s in South Korea to require photos of lady even in publicly places without their consent. So if we ever go there we definitely will not be doing that.

2. North Korea: Now we definitely won’t be taking pictures of women in North Korea either or much of anything for that matter. In North Korea you are not allowed to leave your hotel without a guide and according to world nomads you should not take any photos without your guide’s permission. The government might view taking unauthorized photos as espionage and you actually don’t need an espionage charge against you. You could certainly get your camera confiscated or much worse.

3. United Arab Emirates (UAE): In 2014, 70 year old American Robert Allen Black was arrested for taking pictures of restricted areas in Abu Dhabi. He ended up just paying a small fine. But this does show how serious photography laws are taken within the UAE. Restricted areas can include military areas, palaces, courts, government buildings and certain bridges. Most likely if you live in Abu Dhabi you already know what you are allowed to photograph and what you are not allowed to photograph. But if you are a tourist sometimes it are often difficult to understand this. Especially if you see a beautiful palace we mean who would have guessed that you’re not allowed to take pictures of palaces. If you break the law you would possibly find yourself with a fine of quite $1000 or 3 months in prison.

4. Japan: In Japan you are prohibited from taking photos of certain temples or statues. There are in fact some temples that allow photography, but there also are many temples that don’t and there’s an inventory of temples that you’re prohibited from photographing. We will mention that list below,

i) Genkoan: A lot of tourists rushed in due to the beauty of the autumn leaves used for the CM campaign, and photography in the hall was banned this season due to congestion and poor manners. It seems to be a provisional measure during the season until November 30.

ii) Iwakura shrine: The maple of the garden is reflected on the polished floor, and the scenery is so beautiful that it is said to be “floor green” or “foliage on the lowest.” Many photographers use tripods due to the matter in shooting on the lowest, and thus the ban on sightseeing has caused congestion to occur. It is possible to shoot only the garden.

iii) Hosenin: In-hospital photography may be prohibited, in 2008; shooting in the hospital was temporarily banned due to trouble between tourists. At present, shooting prohibition measures may be taken only to reduce congestion during peak seasons such as November, but it seems that shooting has not been completely prohibited as before. Please contact us if you can shoot.

iv) Shifuji Temple: Prohibition of 500 Hyakukan shooting. Tourists trying to shoot a weathered and mossy arhat statue rushed in and entered a place surrounded by bamboo, and the manner of bad manners frequently occurred, such as arranging for the shooting, “ Five “Hyaraban” was uniformly banned from taking pictures and sketching. Especially, the manners of the elderly seem bad.

v) Daigo-ji Temple: Shoin and garden are all banned; Photography is prohibited for the Shoin Garden designed by Hideyoshi Toyotomi and the National Treasure Library. In the past, it was possible to shoot the garden of a building that was a national treasure, but the shooting was banned due to poor manners of tourists.

vi) Jizo-in Temple (Takenoji Temple): Hojo and Juroku Arhat’s garden are not allowed to shoot, there is a temple and the Karesansui Garden, which is said to be the garden of Jiroku Arhat, in front of the Jizo-in Garden, but photography is prohibited from the gate. In the past, it seemed that the garden could be photographed but many tourists did not follow the rules, so photography was banned.

vii) Manshuin Gate Ruins: In-hospital photography prohibited, because there are many important cultural properties in the hospital, photography is prohibited. Although photography was not prohibited before, the manners of tourists were bad and photography was banned for the purpose of protecting cultural properties. There are some ghost paintings in the cultural assets, and it is warned that bad things will happen if you shoot.

viii) Hohoin: Visiting for photography purpose is prohibited, many beautiful tourists come to the garden to shoot autumn leaves. However, large cameras and tripods are strictly prohibited from the viewpoint of landscape protection. However, it does not limit shooting to a small camera (a digital camera or a single-lens camera). On the temple side, visits for photography only are NG, so it is possible to take a commemorative photo with people in it.

ix) Myogaku-ji Temple: Banned for photography, although beautiful colored leaves are famous as secret spots in some places, the number of tourists aiming only for photography is increasing, and it is forbidden to visit only for the purpose of photography such as colored leaves, although it does not completely restrict photography. There is no problem as long as you visit the main hall, observe the manners, and take several pictures to commemorate.

It’s in Japanese though.

5. Algeria: Algeria also has some pretty strict photography laws. It is prohibited to take photos of men without their permission and it is also prohibited to take photos of women without the permission of their husbands or Father’s.

6. Tibet Autonomous Region: Photography in Tibet is limited but we actually haven’t read too much online about what you are or are not allowed to photograph there just isn’t that much information. When we were there we were told that we were not allowed to photograph Chinese flags. But we actually didn’t find any evidence of this law online anywhere. Additionally it is prohibited to take photos inside of series which is you know sad for photographers because they are so  beautiful and of course foreigners are only given a limited view of what Tibet is basically like because foreigners aren’t allowed to go to most parts of the country. This definitely limits photography in the first place.

Now many countries in the world prohibit you from taking photos of police or military installations so we don’t even need to go into the details of that because it’s so common. But once you really start to research photography laws round the world you’ll notice that not every place will grant you the liberty of photography. So if you reside during a place where you’ll photograph just about whatever you would like don’t take that without any consideration because not nobody has that freedom.

Anyways all of this information is based on online research but there are many different countries with many different laws and restrictions and laws do change overtime. So feel free to contribute your own experiences in the comments below. Subscribe to this page for more and we will see you in the next blog take care.

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