Visitor Photography Policies: Have We Changed Our Thinking (or Do We Still Need To?)


Krystal Boehlert, Metadata Specialist, J. Paul Getty Museum
Pat Evans, Registrar, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Heather Sutherland, Assistant Security Manager, Phoenix Art Museum


Stephanie Johnson, Curator, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum


  • Collections, Visitor Experience

The explosion in social media activity, coupled with the ubiquitous presence of smart phones and the rise of selfies is requiring museums to change how they think about visitor photography. This session focuses on some of the issues that need to be considered in creating visitor photography policies that recognize the benefits of photography by the general public and how they need to be balanced with legal and collections care concerns.