Sign the petition before August 3rd if you disagree with the following:
From http://www.blogger.com/www.pictureny.com "The NY Times reports that the city’s tentative rules include requiring any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour (including setup and breakdown time) to get a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance. The regulation would also apply to any group of five or more people who would be using a tripod for more than ten minutes, including setup and breakdown time."
This is includes everyone from the amateur to the professional and most that use large format photography and just about every class or group of students that desire to experience NYC on film, not to mention it is a challenge to a historical legacy. Being with a photographer, I understand the hassle that can go along with an 8 x 10 camera even without such a measure.
Sign the petition here: www.pictureny.org/petition/index.php
UPDATE: In response to the now over 20,000 signatures and other outcries, NYC is revisiting and redrafting their proposed rules. Even though this is a minor win, let's not have this fall off of the radar. Be on the lookout for another public 30-day response period. More information here: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/08/03/after-uproar-revised-rules-coming-on-filmmaking-and-photography/index.html