While I’ve never entirely understood the alleged safety issues behind disallowing taking photos in a gallery setting, I find myself somewhat agreeing with Frick’s decision to reinstate its prohibition. Too often I see visitors of all ages in galleries, exhibitions, and museums running to pieces that look important, snapping a photo, and walking away immediately — a true sign of the rapid fire documentation capabilities we have in the contemporary art world. While obviously cases of taking photos are particular to the individual, my personal biggest concern with taking photos in these settings is the resulting disrespect and disinterest to the space and to the art as well. (It also resonates with me especially since just yesterday, an acquaintance studying in Florence admitted to me that she hadn’t gone to visit the David and was not planning on it, saying verbatim: “I’ll just Google it, it’s all the same shit.”)

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