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Pro vs amateur---how can a venue determine who is which???

coolmom42

McEwen, US
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Fri 23-Aug-13 10:15 PM | edited Fri 23-Aug-13 10:17 PM by coolmom42

I am interested in photographing the LIGHT by Bruce Munro installation at Cheekwood sometime before it leaves town.

This is their policy on professional photography of the exhibit:

"There is no professional photography or videography allowed during exhibition nights. Any groups taking professional photography during the show will be asked to leave.

Professional photography & videography will be available during the LIGHT exhibition on select Tuesday nights through November. Available sessions are first come first serve.
Photography is $225.00 for member and $300.00 for non-members. Videography – please call for quote.

Hours of access are 6pm – 9pm.
Bookings can be made by calling the Special Events Department."

So how do they determine who is a pro and who is amateur???? If I show up with a good quality tripod, decent (but not considered pro) quality DSLR & lens, plus a little bit of other gear, how could I show them I'm NOT a pro, and have no intent of selling my photos?

I've seen photos for sale that were made with an Iphone.... what's to keep a pro from wandering in and doing that? And how would that pro be distinguished from the random visitor?

Aside from my own ethical principles, what's to keep ME from selling the photos I make? And how would they know if I do it???

This seems to be a totally un-enforceable policy.

They have no restrictions of photography of any other exhibits that I can find on their web site. I could just as easily go make photos of the contemporary sculptures that are permanent installations, or of the outdoor train exhibit. Clearly they want people to buy prints of the very photogenic LIGHT exhibit in their gift shop, rather than anyone getting prints from self-made images.

I looked at the designer's website--there is a link to ACID: Anti-Copying in Design---but nothing about photo ownership.

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