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To photograph or not to photograph. Archibald Prize 2011

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.