Photo by: Alan Head

The UK is well known for its controversial actions against photographers and photography. This latest action by the Southampton Football club is another example of some of the crazy things that are happening in our world.

“The Southampton Football Club has banned press photographers after it signed a deal making local Digital South Limited the sole accredited purveyor of images for the club’s home games”
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What exactly does this mean?
Well, it would be like the New England Patriots saying “we will only allow one company to supply images during a home game”. While this isn’t a huge blow to the world of photography, it is however limiting the freedom of the press in this case. They probably did this to retain rights but one possible outcome is the “filtering” of images that are used in journalism. Just imagine if the government were to do the same thing and filter the images it allows to be published. I know that one sports entity doing this doesn’t mean that the world is at an end but everything has to start somewhere. If more people think this practice is acceptable then this could become a common problem.

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2 Comments to “Soccer club bans photographers”

  • It’s a little like being the “official” product. This is what the Olympics does for products (but not photographers).

  • Yeah, from what I hear they are pretty strict on their interactions with photographers as well.

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