Judge Dismisses Privacy Suit Against “Voyeur” Artist Arne Svenson

From "The Neighbors," 2012. ©Arne Svenson

From “The Neighbors,” 2012. ©Arne Svenson

The New York photographer who provoked controversy by photographing his neighbors through their apartment windows and exhibiting the images in a gallery has fended off lawsuit for invasion of privacy.

New York State court judge Judge Eileen  A. Rakower dismissed the claim against photographer Arne Svenson, ruling that the photos in question were protected by the First Amendment. She also ruled that the images did not violate New York State civil rights laws, as the plaintiffs had claimed.

“An artist may create and sell a work of art that resembles an individual without his or her written consent,” Judge Rakower wrote in her decision, underscoring a central principle of the case.

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2 Responses to “Judge Dismisses Privacy Suit Against “Voyeur” Artist Arne Svenson”

  1. JG Says:

    Incomplete story.
    Doesn’t tell us which specific
    images involved in litigation.
    If subject more than a few
    feet from window, then there
    is expectation of privacy from
    all I’ve read by authoritative
    experts. Otherwise decision
    now means its legal to shoot
    someone nude, dressing, etc.,
    within interior of their residence…???!

  2. Matt Says:

    Correct. “The eye cannot trespass.” If you don’t want people to see you, don’t let them see you, i.e. shut your frickin’ curtains.