Monthly Archives: August 2006

Passport photograph of girl's bare shoulders rejected 'as it may offend'

The Telegraph in the UK published a story on a five-year-old girl in France whose passport application was rejected because her photograph showed her bare shoulders. Her mother, Jane, was told that the exposed skin might be considered offensive in a Muslim country.

According to the story, after the rejection at the post office, her mother spent two hours taking her for new pictures, filling in a new form and finding the necessary "responsible citizens" to endorse the photos. Rather than commenting on the ethical and political issues, we thought it was worth noting that with it takes far less than two hours to create passport photos. In fact, it can take as little as five minutes, and the chances for complying with the requirements are much higher than the chances with traditional photo booths and local photo shops.