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Author: Allen, Anita L.
Citation: The Declining Significance of Home: Privacy “Whilst Quiet” and of No Use to Artists or Anyone, 4 HA: THE JOURNAL OF THE HANNAH ARENDT CENTER FOR POLITICS AND HUMANITIES AT BARD COLLEGE 84 (2016).
Date Published: 2016
Date Posted: 05/03/2019
Keywords: Privacy Law
Arts and Literature
A legal case involving the fine art Photographer Arne Svenson seems to hold, in essence, that that professional artists have first Amendment privileges to violate common expectations of privacy. Svenson's Tribeca Manhattan New York neighbors lost their lawsuit alleging that he invaded their privacy when he used a telephoto lens to take photographs of them through their apartment windows from his own. The case hints at the declining significance of the home. Where can we go to retreat from surveillance by our neighbors, government and business? Must there be such a place? Why?