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The National Gallery relents ..

08/13/2014

… and allows visitors to photograph its pictures. It released the following statement:

As the use of Wi-Fi will significantly increase the use of tablets and mobile devices within the Gallery, it will become increasingly difficult for our Gallery Assistants to be able to distinguish between devices being used for engagement with the Collection, or those being used for photography.

It is for that reason we have decided to change our policy on photography within the main collection galleries and allow it by members of the public for personal, non-commercial purposes—provided that they respect the wishes of visitors and do not hinder the pleasure of others by obstructing their views of the paintings. This is very much in line with policies in other UK museums and galleries.

It’s a sign of the times – necessary and practical but in some ways a shame. How often do you see people photographing paintings, sculptures or installations in galleries before they’ve actually looked properly at the artwork in question?

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