To photograph or not to photograph. Archibald Prize 2011

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Mother (a portrait of Cate), Del Kathryn Barton

Mother (a portrait of Cate), Del Kathryn Barton

This morning I visited the Tweed River Art Gallery to see the 2011 Archibald Prize which was fabulous. It is one thing to see the artworks on-line, quite another to stand in front of these works and see every nuance and brushstroke.

What did bother me though was the sign in the gallery asking people to respect the artists copyright and not take photos. My question is, since these works are already available for everyone, who has access to the internet to, see, download, print off, mash-up, etc then what is the problem with taking photos?

I would be more than interested in an explanation.

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About Suzette Sayer

As part of my role as heritage consultant I am constantly on the look out for iconic forms of design and architecture. My current project is a grass roots initiative to create a Mobile Museum that captures the stories of the Gold Coast through community interactions in temporary pop-up exhibitions. The project aims to be facilitated through the Hip! (Heritage in Paradise) Mobile, a vintage style tear drop caravan equipped with a recording studio, and room for exhibition materials. So join us on this journey of discovery and help us uncover HIP! Suzette Sayer

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