The Fédération Française des Sociétés des Amis de Musées against the ban on taking pictures

local/cache-vignettes/L211xH204/Interdit_Photographier-863bf-851c1-fefd2.jpg22/4/11 – Museums – Right to photograph – The Fédération Française des Sociétés d’Amis de Musées, which in fact represents most of the Friends of Museums associations voted unanimously during its annual meeting which took place in Aix-en Provence on 2 April, to approve the following motion :

“-Given the fact that the pleasure of visiting a museum includes appropriating the work, perhaps by means of a personal photograph and that this is part of cultural democratization,

- Given the fact that this totally ignores the experience of the visit and its educational results by forbidding it to keep a memory of it,

- Given the fact that a photograph without a flash does not in any way alter the quality of the art work as has been proven scientifically,

- Given the fact that legal precedent and the most thorough legal analysis show that a citizen cannot be forbidden from taking a photograph of works belonging to the public domain for private use,

The Fédération Française des Sociétés d’Amis de Musées requests, in the name of its members, that the ban on photographing the collections in museums be abandoned. »

We would like to point out that the Minister of Culture, who always leads the good fight on the most critical fronts, had stated in early March that he was for the (illegal) ban on photographing practiced by certain French museums in response to a question raised by a Parliamentary member, Patrick Beaudouin, a UMP deputy from Val-de-Marne (see here).

Didier Rykner, vendredi 22 avril 2011

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