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Photography at Monuments and historical places should not be restricted

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“Hyderabad Photowalkers” is an online photography community, founded in 2008 with nearly 10000 enthusiasts from Hyderabad and all over. We have been engaging in teaching & sharing the nuances of the art of photography for free irrespective of age, sex and location on a continuous basis. We have organized nearly 145 photowalks, documenting the rich history and the culture of this city especially the heritage, tourist and public spaces. We have countless Images captured by the members and their images brought in an identity for this city nationally and internationally. Apart from Hyderabad we also visited many historical places in India during photo tours. Images so captured by individuals with different perspectives, remain as history for the generations to witness.

During recent past the photography community is being restricted especially at the historical monuments and public spaces, with complete restrictions for Photography. Photography is either totally restricted or is allowed only with a specific entry fee or a ticket with high value or sometimes even a bribe. These days the very sight of a person with cameras at these places is viewed seriously which was not there in earlier days. A tourist with a high-end mobile cam is free to take pictures but a photo-artist has all the restrictions.

We feel historical places and monuments are grappling-irons that bind one generation to another … and Photography is the only medium. Photography is also an art form and the only medium contributing to document history and culture for the generations to come.

We the photography community, strongly oppose the restrictions imposed for photography at the Historical places, public spaces and monuments and also feel that its unjust to collect a fee for the same.

Berenice Abbott’s quote says it all - Photography helps people to see !

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