Photography permit in Poznan


Parts of the new station at Poznan are quite photogenic. Photo BTWT.

(Click to enlarge.)

A resident of Murowana Goslina, a village some 20 kilometres to the North of Poznan, was taking photographs of the new Poznan Glowny railway station only to be stopped by security guard.

He was told that photography was forbidden, and when he challenged the ruling, he was informed that a special permit had to be obtained before taking any photographs. When he asked where these permits could be obtained, he was told that the appropriate gentleman, the Regional Director with responsibility for stations, was away on holiday and that such permits could only be obtained after paying a fee.

Considerably miffed, our hero took the story to the Glos Wielkopolski daily who contacted the PKP SA headquarters in Warsaw. An embarrassed PKP spokesman explained that, it is true that photographic permits have been introduced for photography at Poznan Glowny, but that these are only required for commercial or wedding photography and there is no regulation in place to stop casual photography.

So if you are taking photographs in a public railway location either in the UK or in Poland and are stopped by an over zealous official,  do ask to see a written copy of their instructions or failing that their manager. It may well be that it is your persecutor, rather than you, who is operating outwith their remit.

With a hat tip to Robert Dylewski.


One Response to “Photography permit in Poznan”

  1. nanstallon Says:

    Oh, dear, just like Britain. Give an idiot a uniform and a bit of power and this is what happens. It is sad that we are descending into petty authoritarianism, and this must be resisted.

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