Archive for the ‘photography’ Category

changing photographs

April 10, 2007

blame Julie Roehm?

December 11, 2006

Here is a quote from a December 8, 2006 New York Times article by Michael Barbaro and Stuart Elliott entitled ‘Wal-Mart Fires Marketing Star and Ad Agency’:

Several weeks ago, Ms. Roehm courted controversy again when she oversaw production of a holiday TV ad, known inside the company as “Sexy,” that portrayed a husband and wife discussing racy lingerie in front of their extended family. The ad drew customer complaints and was immediately taken off the air, a person involved in the matter said.

I wonder if Julie Roehm is also responsible for the Wal-Mart television commercial that appears to show a husband using a digital camera from Wal-Mart to sneakily take a picture of his wife in the shower; and then the wife squeals.

I think that I might have seen the underwear commercial, but I don’t remember it. I would be interested in seeing any of the controversial commercials. If you know where they can be viewed, leave a link in a comment.

White Plains court house

October 27, 2006

As a freelance photographer, Ben Hider carries his camera with him just about everywhere, and so it was on Friday, as he was heading to the train station in White Plains he stopped to snap some beauty shots on the flags in front of the court house. That’s when his trouble began.

Ben Hider, Photographer: “Three police officers ran at me, immediately, telling me to stop where I was.”

And that’s exactly what Ben Hider did. He even showed the court officers the pictures he took and offered to delete them. Moments later they escorted him inside the courthouse for two hours of questioning.

Ben Hider, Photographer: “Emptied my pockets, searched me, frisked me, started telling me about the recent terrorist threats in America over the past five years and ‘haven’t I been watching the news?'”

The 27-year-old is a graduate of SUNY Purchase. He’s lived in the states for eight years and he has a green card, but he says his British citizenship only raised the officers’ suspicion.

David Bookstaver, Office of Court Administration: “Yes, they went too far. Picture taking in itself is not suspicious behavior, detaining someone for two hours for taking pictures was wrong and we’ve apologized to Mr. Hider for what happened.”

The New York State Supreme Court Officers Association strongly disagrees with that assessment and instead blames the office of court administration.

John McKillop, the union president, told us: “There is no policy anywhere in the unified court system, in New York City or Westchester, dealing with this and officers are left to fend for themselves.”

The court officers union president explained to us that in a previous and similar situation, the court officers were berated by an administrative judge for not detaining an individual.

That’s why they want a policy explanation and that’s why today a memo was issued offering very clear specifics on what to do with people taking pictures in public places.

I would like to read the memo.