Restaurants in New York City, and perhaps other cities as well, have begun placing an informal ban on food photography. To be specific, they have begun telling diners whom they catch in the act of photographing their meals to stop. Some diners have gotten so carried away with the idea of "sharing" their restaurant outings with friends that they whip out their cellphones or cameras and photograph every dish on their table, even if it means standing on a chair and using a flash. I suppose you could call this the Bruce Gilden approach to food photography.
Other diners, predictably enough, find this a distraction and an annoyance, hence the informal ban. I'm sure that those of you who read Shutterfinger are much too refined to do this sort of thing. I'd be curious to know, however, whether you've seen others do it or if you're aware of a similar ban in other cities. For those of you in other countries who are amazed that inconsiderate behavior could reach the point that businesses would have to ban it, well, the title of this post says it all: It has come to this.