Photography and the Law


150 pages
ISBN 0-88908-615-X




Reviewed by Dean Tudor

Dean Tudor is a journalism professor at the Ryerson Polytechnical
Institute and founding editor of the CBRA.


This manual covers the legal aspects of photography, and it is an excellent little book for the Canadian photojournalist. There are few legal precedents in this area, so the book is both unique and useful. Its table of contents suggests more: what you can and cannot photograph (currency, stamps, stocks, official secret documents, types of buildings, judicial proceedings, people, and so forth) for both Canada and the United States. It defines obscene pictures and discusses the use of photographs for advertisements and news. Also covered are harassment and the right to privacy, some use of release forms, copyrights, and professional standards.


Du Vernet, Christopher, “Photography and the Law,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 14, 2024,