Tate Britain in Altercation with Press Photographers Over Turner Prize


Speaking of museum-based controversies, the Tate Britain has suffered through some particularly bad press this week relating to the Turner Prize. In what already seemed like an annual event where the press bashes the prize itself and what gets nominated (with the exception of the joy over Richard Wright‘s win, they’ve done it this year, did it last year, and for as far back as we can remember), the Tate added fuel to the fire with the opening of an exhibition of the Turner finalists by demanding that press photographers only publish images that wouldn’t “result in any adverse publicity” reports the Telegraph (before you get concerned, knowing that the Guardian is the Turner Prize’s media sponsor, know that integrity won out and they also covered the story, on two occasions even, wherein they bashed the exhibition’s offerings). The demands were met with a standoff by the photographers who refused to go along with it (the museum even tried to make them sign a form with the detailed demands). After two hours, the Tate finally broke down and allowed the photographers unrestricted access. Since then, the Tate has responded to uproar over the matter by saying it was concerned only with usage rights and perhaps the “adverse publicity” line needs to be revised in some way. For those with or without cameras who want to see the exhibition, it opened yesterday and will run until January 3rd. The winner of the Turner Prize will be announced on December 6th.