Myths: Why Flash Photography Is Banned In Art Galleries

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Evil flashes terrify museum guards. Photo Phil Hearing / Flickr
 

 

NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY. You’ve all read that sign, and you have all likely – being good obedient citizens – abided by the wishes of the museum or gallery which posted it. But why is it there? Why can’t you use your camera’s flash to take a photo of a painting or a sculpture? The answer, it seems, is as depressingly wrongheaded as you might suspect.