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| p.1 #1 · Photography at Art Fair - Legal/Moral question |
So today I went to the Perrysburg Art Fair a showing of about 100 different artists with paintings, wood work, jewelry, glass blowing, photography and other fine art. I brought my D7000 + a wide angle to take some "day at the art fair" kind of photos. About 10 minutes into walking around with the camera around my neck (I hadn't used it yet, wanted to get a feel what was there/interesting) I walked by a booth and heard a woman say "You can't have that here."
I looked at the other woman at the booth and she looked at me then we both looked at the merchant and she proceeded to tell me "your not allowed to take photos, you can't bring that here."
I politely informed her that it's a public art fair and I wasn't selling the photos but she told me I can't photograph, it's not permitted and she would report me.
I looked at the other woman and walked away a bit disgusted. Left about 30 minutes later taking no photos.
Now I've taken photos at farmers markets and fairs before, especially people looking at something or a display of interesting items but this is the first time I've been yelled at over it.
What do you think legally/morally? I obviously respect the idea that these artists are looking to be paid for their creations but this woman was a photographer herself (from the booth she was selling photo prints of landscapes) so it had to be clear by walking by I wasn't taking studio reproduction shots and even if I was it's a public fair if I don't attempt to sell/claim they are mine what grounds does she have?
What are your opinions? Was I wrong? Was I right? Have you had similar things happen to you? It really ruined my experience at this fair and left me a bit disgusted.