Cop With a Camera

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

The New York Times’ “Lens” blog looks at the work of Antonia Bolfo, an NYPD cop who started taking a camera along on the job, which led to a new career as a photographer. His work is great. Many more examples at the link.

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5 Responses to “Cop With a Camera”

  1. #1 |  McHandler | 

    I don’t understand why he hasn’t been arrested. Or is this more like the sanitized “embedding” we witnessed in Iraq?

  2. #2 |  UCrawford | 

    Those are really interesting shots he took. It appears the job of an NYPD officer in some areas involves being part acrobat.

  3. #3 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “There are photos of arrests, with onlookers jeering at officers handcuffing a shirtless suspect. The very same people had called the police about the man in the first place.”

    Not an uncommon experience there in this country’s most screwed up neighborhoods. While working in healthcare security, I’ve experienced that dynamic too. On The Agitator, we often discuss the aspects of policing which endanger civil liberties and lives. But there is another problem with policing (and other areas of protective services) in the U.S.. That problem is with the people themselves. People don’t know what they want out of police. They want the police to be iron fisted until it’s them or their kid. Then they suddenly value liberty. They want the police to “patrol more,” even though preventative patrol has a pretty limited effect on crime (though it may reduce fear of crime). They want the police to go after “those drug dealers on the corner” until their kid becomes a dealer.

    This is all very unfortunate, since we will need to assert the fact that we own the police. We should have a say in how they operate. But before we do that, we need to know what the fuck we are talking about.

    Very interesting photos by Mr. Bolfo. I hope he continue to contribute now that he’s out of the projects.

  4. #4 |  JdL | 

    His work is great.

    I went to the site and looked through the pix posted. I found them uniformly dull and uninspiring. The shot posted above is the best of the bunch, and it’s a decent composition, but I’m baffled at the adjectives Radley has chosen.

    Unless, of course, it’s an amazing surprise that someone who would choose to be a cop has even minimal competence using a camera.

  5. #5 |  jmcross | 

    Caption for photo #8:
    “Officers update their memo books to make sure all three accounts match.”

    AKA getting their story straight. New professionalism in action.