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Sat 12 Aug 2006

NAMOS, photography and museum blogs

Category : museum

So when do we get to go? *jumping up and down in anticipation*

There was a sneak peek in June 2006; see Lay Yoong's post in and the post by Timothy Pwee.

The acronym NAMOS is insignificant in Google right now, so much so this entry is listed in the top 20. Oh how that is going to change!

Hopefully NAMOS will be as generous about non-flash photography on opening day as was the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) (see flickr). But they are in the know as they even have their own blog called Eye Level, with a blogging team to dream about for local museums, made up of individuals from media, IT, publications and the Chief Curator.

The blog, which began in September 2005, saw the number of entries escalate from June 2006 until opening day on 1st July 2006. I like the slide show they posted when they were moving in to the Donald W. Reynolds Center. They also pointed to the flickr photostream taken by the public at large about the museum's opening, with a friendly caution about incorrectly labeled photos!

unlikelymoose commented:

"I especially enjoy the close-up photos of the busts/figures photographed by KPH. I think it's great that the Smithsonian American Art Museum allows patrons to take photographs within the museum.

Are there restrictions such as no flashes and no tripods? ... I can understand that restriction. A tripod is a potential hazard when carried around in a museum setting and a flash distracts other patrons." [SAAM rules says "No flash or tripods"]


"I'm saddened when galleries and musuems don't allow any photography. Don't they understand it's free publicity? The photographer will be sharing his/her photos with friends and family.

I'm guessing museums are nervous that people will use their photographs for professional use and thus violating copyright laws. Yet, what professional photographer will be taking photos indoors without a tripod and/or lighting equipment? C'mon now."


"Kudos to the Smithsonian American Art Museum for allowing patrons to take photographs and even celebrating those photographs on this very blog."

Interesting comments there; and yes this is something I can certainly ask of the Museum Roundtable members. When I first put together a webpage for this group, there were a dearth of images on the web. And there are many myths about museum attendance still, its worth encouraging. The Singapore Art Museum demonstrated how responsive it was to comments recently so that's certainly an example to follow.

Meanwhile, SAAM's Eye Level blog has not gone unnoticed by the mainsteam media. Read "Now on exhibit, the blogger's view." By David Ng. Los Angeles Times, 30 Jul 2006. Places where information oft flowed one way, museums have opened their doors to dialogue. But they tread carefully where facts are concerned.

After I started up Raffles Museum News in May 2004, I trawled the net [see] for examples and issues surrounding museum blogs in preparation for sounding this off at the Museum Roundtable. Amongst the not so many links, I found this comment by Paul Schmelzer which he revisits a year later in Off Center.

For more on museum blogs, see erm,!

Oh and a last gasp from me, there is another NAMOS out there - the National Art Museum of Sport in Indiana!

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