8 Weird photography laws in America

“and why you can’t bother Bigfoot with your camera in Washington State (anymore)”

Fox Foto Collective
6 min readAug 17, 2023
A photo of my buddy John from our last street photography walk in Portland, Oregon USA | January 2023

In a politically charged period of history, and as a former public policy analyst myself, I figured today would be a fine opportunity to bring some humorous photography laws to your attention. Maybe we can learn something deeper in the process!

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1. Idaho: No Fishing Photos: In Pocatello, Idaho, it’s technically illegal to take a photograph of a fish if you’re not planning to eat it. This law was likely intended to prevent people from wasting fish by catching them just for a photo.

I love Idaho, even though I’ve spent most of my time in the PNW in Oregon, Idaho has charmed me each and every time I’ve visited. So don’t take this the wrong way, but y’all have some even weirder laws on the books.



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