DSLRs outlawed in Arabian nation

Various reports coming out of Kuwait, as well as an article in the Kuwait Times, are reporting that public photography has been banned. This only seems to appear to relate to DSLRs rather than all cameras, with compacts and camera phones not applicable.

The Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance seem to be the Kuwaiti ministries behind the ban, and at least on photographer has been vocal about the stance taken. “Switching to abstract and landscape photography was one the options I considered after getting into enough trouble” Mariam Al-Fodiry told the Kuwait Times.

Although the ban will doubtless have been brought into effect due to security concerns the photographic fraternity have shown in the past an aversion to the restrictions attempted, as a recent protest in London showed.

  • J Blaikie

    Unfortunately, we can’t stop putting fuel in our vehicles and oil is probably the only thing they export.

  • Mr B.W. Gould

    Another free country eh!!

  • Peter Walker

    That will certainly encourage people to go somewhere else for a holiday, me for starters!

  • Jeremy Root

    This is senseless! If security is the main concern here, surely they would ban all cameras, including mobile phone types. DSLRs are very conspicuous and probably not the camera of choice for any potential terrorists or criminals, who would stand out in a crowd with a big camera. Do the security forces anywhere in the world know anything at all about cameras?

  • CHRIS C.

    ANY WHERE THEY BAN PHOTOGRAPHY I DO NOT VISIT OR SPEND MY MONEY ON. INCLUDING THEIR EXPORTS/+/OR/GOODS..