Why Don’t Museums Allow Photography

It’s always been a mystery to me why some museums do not allow photography. I’ve heard various reasons through the years visiting museums and art galleries. The two main reasons given are:

  1. Over time, the light of the flash will damage the paintings and drawings
  2. Copyright issues

I understand and fully agree on the first reason. I am stymied on the second (unless you are of the same mindset as the sculptor who sues photographers). The act of taking a photo of a painting is one thing. Using this photo to do some illegal copyright activity is another thing.

Anyway, interesting article over at BlackStar Rising on this subject by David Saxe.

Read the article at: BlackStar Rising.