Good subway photo-ban related stuffs in the NY Times' Sewell Chan's article about taking photographs in the subway. MTA spokesman Tom Kelly tells him:

"Nobody is looking to violate anybody's civil rights or deny anybody's constitutional rights. But when you check with law enforcement agencies, they have uncovered photographs of subway and rail systems from various terrorist organizations. And I don't believe they were going into somebody's scrapbook."

Kelly says that journalists with valid press credentials can shoot, as well as other photographers and documentarians, provided they have a permit. However, Chan points out "neither the procedure for obtaining one, nor the extent of access that would be granted, has been decided." A former MTA executive director thinks the subway photo ban is all about giving police more room to question people. Bah.

2005_01_manyarecalled.jpgYou can write to the MTA to protest the photo ban here. Gothamist also liked these tips from the article:
- The Yale University Press re-issue of Walker Evans' 1966 book of subway photos, Many Are Called.
- The Museum of the City of New York's three subway photograph exhibitions: Subway: Photographs by Bruce Davidson, Rebuilding the 1 & 9: Photographs by Sam Hollenshead, and Subway Memories: Photographs by Camilo Jose Vergara - the exhibitions end January 17

Gothamist on the first and second subway photo ban protests, as well as all rumblings of a subway photo-ban.