First New York, Now Paris? Selfie Sticks Are Under Attack

Mar 9, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

First New York, Now Paris? Selfie Sticks Are Under Attack

Mar 9, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Following in the footsteps of US museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim, Hirshhorn Museum, and the Getty Center, Museums in Paris are considering the ban of selfie sticks.

The Palace of Versailles seems to be spearheading the ban with its guards already ordering visitors to keep their selfie sticks packed away, and the ban is expected to become formal “within weeks”.

The Pompidou Centre which houses the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Europe’s largest modern art museum, is “heading towards a ban” as well.

The Louvre is said to be concerned, while the Musee d’Orsay has nothing to worry about.

No new steps are being taken in the Louvre, but a spokeswoman hinted that it might ask patrons to avoid using selfie sticks: “Users must follow the rules and not point any objects at paintings, sculptures”. True, taking a selfie with the Mona Lisa your selfie stick will be pointing away from the famous painting, but chances are that it will be pointing in the direction of some other art work.

The Musee d’Orsay is probably the only one of the major museums in Paris not to be bothered at all by the rising popularity of these arm-extenders; the museum has made its life easy by banning photography altogether.

The museum explains the ban on photos and videos:

“In the interests of the safety of works and visitors, and to ensure a more pleasurable visit, photography and filming are no longer allowed in the museum galleries. This measure has been introduced in view of the increased number of visitors taking photographs “at arm’s length” using mobile phones”.

The French museum, like their US counterparts, state the ban on selfie sticks is designed to reduce risk of harming pieces of art and other visitors.

The upcoming ban joins the recent bans in neighboring England where several Premiere League soccer clubs no longer allow spectators to bring selfie sticks into the stadiums.

I just hope that the museums word their bans correctly, banning all selfie extenders, otherwise it won’t be too long before Facebook and Instagram get swamped with belfies!

[via Gizmodo | Lead Image: Pedro Ignacio Guridi]

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7 responses to “First New York, Now Paris? Selfie Sticks Are Under Attack”

  1. Valter Van D Avatar
    Valter Van D

    good cause they’re stupid.

  2. Grace Kane Avatar
    Grace Kane

    Selfie sticks are the product of narcissism. Technology has no personality and so cannot contribute to the twist of humanities desires in its use. Leave the need to “be seen” out of your walk through great art assemblies.

  3. Ian McArthur Avatar
    Ian McArthur

    Good

  4. Jimmy Palota Avatar
    Jimmy Palota

    yeh… good! all modern stuff n new inventions are bad and evil and technology is the work of the Devil and has no personality n things… speshly in Art Galleries!

  5. Jan Avatar
    Jan

    Selfie stick user = tool

    1. mike Avatar
      mike

      A selfie stick is just a tool… and so are the people that use them.

  6. ext237 Avatar
    ext237

    Saw a lady holding a stick with a GoPro, and using wifi on her phone to check her selfie pose up close. The picture was of herself, looking at her iphone, holding a selfie stick. It was so ridiculous I almost laughed out loud.