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Photojournalist Stanley Forman on his new book

The plastic yellow tape police put up at crime scenes is supposed to be a barrier. It usually says “Caution” or “Do Not Cross.” Before there was yellow tape (and even after it came along), photojournalist Stanley Forman seemed to have a knack for still getting his shot, including some of the most memorable photos in Boston history. His most famous are of the anti-busing demonstration on the steps of City Hall and of a young woman and little girl falling from a collapsed fire escape. Forman, 67, who won three Pulitzer prizes while shooting for the Boston Herald American, has a new book, “Before Yellow Tape,” and he spoke with the Globe about media access, stop-action photography, and what it was like before the days of yellow tape.

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