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A Cell Phone Camera and a Taste for Danger

by Staff


Tags: photographs, museums, website, Strictly No Photography, photography not allowed,

What do Michelangelo’s David, a Tom Waits concert, and a dress that belonged to Princess Diana have in common? You aren’t allowed to photograph them.

A new website aims to be “a place for you to post interesting and original photographs of places where you are not really meant to take them.” Strictly No Photography is heavy on images from museums and live performances, but it also includes photos of government buildings, baggage screening equipment, and a West Bank checkpoint.

For photographers, the site offers a venue that acknowledges the effort and daring it sometimes requires to get interesting shots. For viewers, it offers a remarkable sense of excitement and forbidden fruit—though one that has very little to do with the content of the images themselves.

(Thanks, Mental Floss.) —Steve Thorngate