US Bank Tower vs photographers

A group of shooters from the National Photographers' Rights Organization went downtown on Sunday to see if they would be blocked from taking pictures anywhere, and they did run up against the notoriously aggressive guards at US Bank Tower. That's where the Bunker Hill Steps are, and a Robert Graham "public art" sculpture, but the owner Maguire Properties takes the position that it's all private property and no photography is allowed. The guards cite 9/11 — and the building was reported to be a target of terrorists. A clash of words ensued Sunday, but no one was arrested. More at the Discarted blog and in the video, via Franklin Avenue.

Photog gets accosted in Santa Monica
Patt Morrison column in 2006

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