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Photography Policy and Guidelines

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As the leading art museum in the Southeast, the High Museum of Art is a popular place for photographers. While personal photography is encouraged at the Museum, it must be conducted without disruption to Museum operations or visitors and with the safety of the art in mind.

Personal-Use Photography

Casual photography is permitted in the High Museum’s permanent collection galleries subject to the conditions below. Photography of special exhibitions or works on loan to the Museum is sometimes prohibited by lenders. Photo policies for special exhibitions will be posted in the galleries.

Visitors may:

  • Take casual photos for personal use only.
  • Use handheld cameras, cell phones, and tablets with the flash turned off.
  • Post images from their visits on personal social media sites as long as they are not used for profit.

Visitors may NOT:

  • Use tripods, lights, selfie sticks, or other external equipment.
  • Sell or publish the images.
  • Use the images to promote any outside product or service.

Visitors must:

  • Remain behind stanchions and maintain a safe, non-touching distance from all artwork, cases, platforms, and pedestals.
  • Respect other visitors enjoying the galleries.

The High Museum reserves the right to withhold or withdraw permission to photograph on the premises. High Museum staff have the authority to approach and verify the intent of photography and to enforce the Photography Policy.

News Media

Members of the media must make arrangements for all photo and video shoots in advance. To coordinate a shoot, please contact the Public Relations Office. You may also submit a photography/filming request using the form here.*

Members of the media must be escorted by a Public Relations staffperson at all times or have permission from PR to shoot independently. All organized photo shoots inside the Museum—for news coverage, school projects, etc.—require a staff member escort. Call or e-mail the Public Relations Office to schedule your visit. Photo shoot requests that cannot be staffed will be declined.*

Due to the delicate nature of the artwork on view, additional light sources may not be permitted in certain galleries. Any additional approved lighting must be weighted at the base and must be kept 10 or more feet away from any work of art. Tripods and other special equipment must be approved in advance.

Commercial Photography and Film Shoots

Photography and film shoots for commercial purposes (advertising, TV/film, etc.) must be approved and scheduled in advance by the Public Relations Office. Commercial shoots are subject to additional fees and are typically scheduled on Mondays, when the High Museum is closed to the public. The Public Relations Office can provide a copy of our Commercial Rental Agreement and associated fees. If any copyrighted artworks appear in the photos, please contact the Rights and Reproductions Office for rightsholder information. It is the user’s responsibility to obtain necessary permissions and pay required fees to the artist, estate, or rights representative for any commercial use of copyrighted material.

Wedding, Engagement, and Portrait Photography

Outdoor portrait shoots on Museum grounds do not require an escort; however, they must be approved in advance by the Public Relations Office. Please click here for contact information or fill out the Photography/Filming Request Form.*

Please note:

  • Outdoor portrait photography must not disrupt Museum operations or visitor experience.
  • All photographers and subjects must stay in publicly accessible areas and may not shoot on the Museum lawn.
  • Some outdoor artworks may be under copyright. It is the responsibility of the user to clear any permissions that may be necessary for uses beyond news reporting and commentary. Copyright information will be provided upon request.

Additional restrictions and fees apply for indoor portrait photography, which must be approved in advance by the Public Relations Office. Please click here for contact information or fill out the Photography/Filming Request Form.*

Please note:

  • Indoor shoots are subject to fees and may be scheduled only on Mondays or when the Museum is closed to the public.
  • Indoor shoots are allowed only in lobby spaces and permanent collection galleries with no copyright restrictions.
  • Indoor shoots require a Museum staff member escort.
  • Photographs must be shot in natural light only. No artificial lights, reflectors, or diffusers are allowed.
  • Tripods are permissible but must be approved in advance.
  • Live floral arrangements and other props are prohibited.
  • Engagement shoots require a fee and are limited to two hours, which includes any setup or hair/makeup time. All restrictions above also apply.

Image Rights and Reproductions

Professional images of objects in the collection are available for high-quality print publishing and commercial uses. To obtain high-resolution image files and copyright information, please contact the Rights and Reproductions Office with the artist, title, and accession number if possible. The High does not charge fees for personal, scholarly, research, educational, or editorial uses (non-commercial uses). Commercial users may request images through Bridgeman Images.

Downloading of images from www.high.org is permitted for non-commercial uses only.

The High Museum may photograph or video visitors for educational and promotional purposes. Attendance on High Museum premises constitutes implied consent for the use of visitors’ likenesses in the museum’s promotional materials.

Personal photographs may not be published, sold, or otherwise distributed for commercial purposes.

The High Museum reserves the right to withhold or withdraw permission to photograph on the premises. High Museum staff have the authority to approach and verify the intent of photography and to enforce the Photography Policy.

Questions? Please call:

  • Media coverage and photo shoots: 404-733-4585
  • Image rights and reproductions: 404-733-4511

*Please allow at least two business days for our staff to process your request.