(This post is adapted from an entry I made on Tumblr, July 5th, 2010. The original post can be found here)
It often seems like when it comes to issues of copyright, artists tend to live in fantasy land, where what they think ought to happen can magically influence what actually does happen.
The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition has what I think is a very fair and sensible policy: no taking photos without the artistâ€™s permission. It’s great, an artist should be able to choose whether the images owned by them can be reproduced or not.
But these days, everyone has at least one camera on them, and artists only have two eyes. Some people and their cameras will inevitably get though. (Iâ€™ve certainly taken my share of secret photos and videos in galleries and museums.)
One of the many messages to appear in my inbox during the stressful pre-show rush led me to realize, “ah! yes! Iâ€™m not the only one who thinks this way”
The “No Photography without permission” graphic to print out came with this message:
“In reality being in a public space you cannot stop people from taking photos. This sign may help if you have concerns in this regard but it is not a guarantee by any standard.”
It feels good to see a sudden outbreak of common sense coming from within the art world. Those moments are few and far between.