1. Matt, I looked at this shot earlier today and have returned to look again before commenting. I just think this is terrific. Look at the light in Kate’s hair, her expression, the detail in wall behind, with all the streaks of light across it. If I ever needed to be persuaded that scanning b/w is as good as it gets these days, well this shot does it.

  2. I have found that among the art museums I have visited, some allow photography and some do not. If I had to ascribe any kind of pattern to it, I would say that it felt like the “hipper” museums that were really confident in the value of their art were the ones that allowed photography, and it was the “lesser” ones that prohibited it. This is only a vague impression, but it has built up over the years and by now its the first thing I notice/check when I go into a new museum.

    Of course, there may be some who worry about flash or photography disturbing the general ambiance, but the solution there is to simply say no tripods or flash, (which most of them that allow photography seem to say).

    What was your impression of the Portland Art Museum?

  3. Graham, many thanks for the very kind words.

    Eric, I generally don’t mind the occasional prohibition on photography. In my experience, it’s usually the museums that have the most works on loan to them that are the least gracious about photography, which is understandable. This is particularly true of many contemporary art museums, and it makes a certain amount of sense. If the art has many owners, you need to go with the policies of the most restrictive of them.

    I liked the Portland Art Museum. Admission was a bit pricey, but they had an excellent Escher show, a fairly large contemporary collection and a better collection of photography than many much larger museums. I’d go back.

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