Kendrick Lamar bans pro photographers from his concerts, only fans can take photos

Feb 12, 2018

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Kendrick Lamar bans pro photographers from his concerts, only fans can take photos

Feb 12, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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More and more performers are trying to ban smartphones during their concerts and only allow professional photographers to take the shots. However, Kendrick Lamar is taking a different route. He will not ban his fans from using smartphones at his shows – but there will be no professional photographers allowed.

The initial reports stated that Lamar will ban everyone from taking photos on his upcoming tour, both professionals and fans. However, his rep has recently told Pitchfork that smartphones will, in fact, be allowed. The audience is free to watch the show through their screens and post the photos to social networks. As for the professionals, it’s reported that Top Dawg Entertainment will provide photos to media outlets as needed. So I suppose there will only be Lamar’s crew of photographers allowed at his concerts.

We’ve seen plenty of cases when performers have been annoyed by people using phones during their concerts. Josh Klinghoffer of RHCP stopped playing and started filming the audience in the middle of a show. Jack White has taken the phone ban to another level and has had the audience keep them in locked Yondr pouches. At Nick Cave’s concert I attended in October, he also made a couple of remarks about people who were constantly trying to take photos and videos instead of enjoying the show.

With so many artists annoyed by smartphones, I find it strange that Lamar took a totally different approach to taking photos at his concerts. What do you think?

[via Pitchfork]

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29 responses to “Kendrick Lamar bans pro photographers from his concerts, only fans can take photos”

  1. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    Who is Kendrick Lamar?

    1. Brian Aitkenhead Avatar
      Brian Aitkenhead

      was just about ask the same….

    2. Darren Jenks Avatar
      Darren Jenks

      He’s a rapper from the US. One of those flavour of the month kind of guys.

    3. Henry Rodgers Avatar
      Henry Rodgers

      Yet will accomplish more in his chosen field than any of you combined. How cute.

    4. Tejus Shah Avatar
      Tejus Shah

      and his “flavor” has been around for… i dunno… 10 years?

    5. Ralph Hightower Avatar
      Ralph Hightower

      Paul,
      Don’t worry. I had to google him myself. Nope, I have no interest in attending his concerts or buying his music.
      No DSLR allowed? There are people that own DSLRs that are not pro photographers.

    6. Paula Gemin Bell Avatar
      Paula Gemin Bell
    7. Paul Richards Avatar
      Paul Richards

      Henry Rodgers quite sad really

    8. Henry Rodgers Avatar
      Henry Rodgers

      Why is that exactly Paul? Just so that we have a base on which to build.

    9. Henry Rodgers Avatar
      Henry Rodgers

      Anything to hold on to some feeling of superiority I guess. I hope you’re master photographers. Seems like you’d need to be to disregard another artist in this manner.

      Can’t wait to buy your books and have you sign them for me in the future. (y)

    10. Paul Richards Avatar
      Paul Richards

      Henry Rodgers whats your issue? You came on here and demean photographers. I asked who he is because I live in the UK and his name means nothing to me

    11. Paul Richards Avatar
      Paul Richards

      Henry Rodgers I meant you are quite sad that you felt you had to attack photographers

    12. Scott Valentine Avatar
      Scott Valentine

      Henry Rodgers I didn’t know who he was, either – I just don’t listen to current pop, and my kid mostly listens to hard rock and electronica. Do you know Ahmad Jamal? Arturo Toscanini? Joe Saddler? How about outside of music… ever heard of John Pedicini, Leslie Groves, or Klaus Fuchs?

      And since you brought it up, I’d be happy to sign any of my three books for you. I’ll even cover postage.

    13. EDVISIONS Avatar
      EDVISIONS

      this is sad

  2. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
    Duncan Dimanche

    … i think it’s stupid… people aren’t enjoying the show behind their screen…

    1. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
      Duncan Dimanche

      Jamie Cooney Well imagine you are going to a concert to enjoy the artist and see the artist but all you can see during the show is phone screens and not the artist because you have HUNDREDS of people filming the whole show for their insta story and facebook lives… Do you understand this point of view ?

      But maybe you are one of those people who go to shows to watch them behind their phones ?

      And yes that is my way of thinking. And if that sounds crazy to you then you might be one of those who stare at their phone during diner… and that’s ok… if that makes you happy ;)

  3. Taylor Maduro Port Avatar
    Taylor Maduro Port

    He’s the worst rapper of all time so I can see this. Fits his character.

  4. Matthew Nehrling Avatar
    Matthew Nehrling

    It is his right as an entertainer. Concerts are private events under the law. (not that I care for artists doing this as a concert photographer but I respect their right to request this).

  5. Tym Kucharski Avatar
    Tym Kucharski

    Piotr Wielkopłytowiec

  6. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    so, I doubt his manager and PR firm likes the idea, as its the pro images in magazines that sells the image of the artist surely…..but its his gig, his rules

    1. Duncan Knifton Avatar
      Duncan Knifton

      Ah
      That figures.

  7. Jamie Cooney Avatar
    Jamie Cooney

    Well that’s the last time I’ll take fotos lol

    1. Duncan Knifton Avatar
      Duncan Knifton

      hahaha

  8. Galonii August Avatar
    Galonii August

    he doesn’t want professionals at his concert, fine be it, we can spend our ticket money else where :) I have no idea who this is anyhow………. LOL

  9. Alan Newman Avatar
    Alan Newman

    Can fans take in pro DSLRs though?

  10. Steve Snaps Avatar
    Steve Snaps

    Jack White is creating the next standard

  11. Donnie Wayne Todd - Photos Avatar
    Donnie Wayne Todd – Photos

    Kendrick is an amazing lyricist, and rapper. A highly intelligent man who was a straight A student in Compton, CA who didn’t fall into gang life.
    He’s not like all the other performers out there “rapping” through auto tune with a mouthful of marbles.
    Y’all need to broaden your horizons, and flatten them. ?✌?

  12. Julio Hnntl Avatar
    Julio Hnntl

    Antoine