Hi Richard. Looking back to my days at the BM, our policy was very similar to Denise’s. Lending institutions provided images well in advance and derivatives would be made for the different uses. We offered the same service when lending objects ourselves, chiefly due to copyright and security issues.
On occasions when the provided image did not meet our standards we would seek express permission to re-photograph the object and the loans manager would sort out the paperwork. This was almost always done in the presence of a curator from the lenders and between unpacking and installation so the catalogue would have long gone by that time.
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National Gallery Company Picture Research acquire images from lenders well in advance of the exhibition for the catalogue.
We will then make derivative files available for press, lectures etc. nearer the time of the show.
Apart from the occasional specific request we generally only photograph the works when doing room shots.
Hi All again,
Just wondering if anyone else would like to give me any info on their Loans in Procedure ?
Basically all I really need to know is do you photograph them, or does the the lender provide the imagery for you?
Feedback would be greatly appreciated !!
Just wondering if people are willing to share their institutions procedures on photographing loans in objects for temporary exhibitions.
We are revisiting ours and it would be good to see if anyone has a good way of doing it.
At the moment we have to photograph all loans in for multiple reasons, GIS, Reference, PR etc. However when the loans do not arrive until 3 weeks before the opening of the exhibition and press want the images 6 weeks before opening we have a conflict.
Your help would be greatly appreciated
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