Award-winning photojournalist Lu Guang is released from prison in China, but still cannot leave the country.
Photojournalist Lu Guang has been released after nearly a year of detention in China, Voice of America has reported. The news service says the photographer’s wife, Xu Xiaoli, reported via Twitter on Monday (September 9) that her husband “has been home for several months.”
Following on from the irate gallery attendant who stopped me taking a photo in what I felt was a public space (see here), I would say that although many complaints photographers make against restrictions to freedom of expression involve the police, far less reported are incidences with security guards, public-space personnel (museums, galleries, swimming pools) and shop attendants. What it reveals is a wide mistrust of photographers. If you’re photographing, you’re seen as someone sinister, which is a view that the world is a dark and nasty place, where photographers are immediately suspicious.