Beyoncé's unflattering photos lead to pro photographers ban on new tour
April 23, 2013 /Photography News/ After a number of unflattering photos of Beyoncé's Superbowl performance went viral online earlier in 2013, the superstar has reportedly banned photographers from attending her Mrs. Carter Show world tour, and will supply "pre-approved images" to the media after each show.
Beyoncé The Mrs. Carter Show 2013 World Tour guidelines for Photographers (via Music Photographers):
Noam Galai of Fstoppers writes that this policy may actually backfire on Beyonce and her publicist:
"[...] we all know how media works – they will do anything possible to get images that other publications don’t have. If they can’t send a photographer to give them original photos, the next best thing they can do is buy photos from fans in the front rows in the arena (cameras were not allowed, but no one can take away phones). It’s the next best thing for them, and a huge nightmare for Beyoncé and her publicist."
Beyoncé is hardly the first artist to heavily restrict photography at concerts. Recently the Yeah Yeah Yeahs asked people not to use their cellphones during gigs because it ruins the concert for people behind you, Bob Dylan doesn't allow photographs, and the Killers likewise have a ban. A few years back the Foo Fighters demanded rights to all images recorded by photographers at their concert.