Shield Law-protected photographer outs himself and photo in College Photographer of the Year Contest

A photographer who, last April, invoked California State Shield Law protections revealed one photo and his own name by entering and winning an award in the College Photographer of the Year competition. Alex Welsh, whose work we mentioned previously when it won the Gold Medal in Documentary Photography, photographed a murder scene while working on the Hunters Point story which has been widely recognized this year. Police investigating the crime asked Welsh to hand over images of the crime scene, but Welsh refused to do so, citing protections against releasing journalists’ unpublished material and notes. A San Francisco Superior Court judge sided with the photographer, deciding that Shield Laws applied in this case, and kept the photographer’s name withheld from other media and court documents for the photographer’s safety. The photographer, it turns out, had already released his name and at least one of the images in question to the College Photographer of the Year competition. Now, police again are trying to get Welsh’s cooperation in their investigation. The San Francisco Weekly has more.

3 Responses to “Shield Law-protected photographer outs himself and photo in College Photographer of the Year Contest”

  1. Bryan

    The SF Weekly doesn’t have shit. It’s a garbage article with a humiliating illustration and ignorant comments. They have no idea about the breadth and dedication Alex put towards that project and his relationships within the community. It’s possibly the most important photojournalistic work done in San Francisco in the last decade. And I don’t blame him for entering it into CPOY. Regarding the murder, it’s far more complex than anyone knows. An important fact that is always overlooked in this discussion is that Alex lost one of his closest friends.

  2. duckrabbit

    Someone lost a son.

    Someone wins an award off the back of it.

    Nobody needs to read anymore about it.

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