A photography myth exposed

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Flash photography is not permitted in many museums and art galleries.
The main reason? Flash lighting damages works of art. I always thought this to be absolutely true.
Seems it’s actually a fallacy that many public galleries have adopted with a strong belief.
Flash does not damage art works. The proof is in this article: Does flash photography really damage art? The persistence of a myth.
The author, Steve Meltzer, informs us that experiments by the National Gallery in London set the standard by which this myth is perpetuated. Meltzer’s research shows that the National Gallery’s experiments do not show that flash damages artwork.
It’s a very interesting read – and helps one to bear in mind the lack of real knowledge a museum guide holds when it comes to saying ‘no’ to using flash based photography.

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