Session Proposal: Cameras in the Gallery

THATCamp notes taken during this Session can be found at

Session Proposal
Yielding to the omnipresent camera phone, most museums have had to change their no-photography policy (although still enforced in special exhibitions). Museums even encourage taking photos, featuring them on their websites and social media pages.

I would like to explore how photo taking and photo sharing practices have changed the gallery experience and the experience of art online. Do these candid snapshots reveal something that official collection photographs don’t? What do we need to know about fair use and copyright infringement? How do we manage all these images?

Here are some links to spark conversation:

At Louvre, Many Stop to Snap but Few Stay to Focus

At Galleries, Cameras Find a Mixed Welcome

Google Art Project and Google Goggles

Also –
Check out any museum’s social media pages including Official Flickr Group Pool and Facebook;

And see results of online image search for any artist:
( Picasso? – About 75,600,000 results in 0.12 seconds; Gauguin? “only” about 3,510,000 results; Beuys? 1,350,000……)

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About Helen D. Wall

Catalogue Digité - Archivist interested in how photography and technology influence cultural memory and the museum experience.

2 Responses to Session Proposal: Cameras in the Gallery

  1. I find this fascinating. I personally don’t like to take photos at museums, but I sometimes wish afterwards that I had done so. A couple of years ago I was writing about the temporary First Ladies exhibit at the NMAH and wished I had taken photos – imagine my surprise when I found that I could re-visualize the entire exhibit using photos from Flickr, from a diverse group of visitors!

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