According to the venue contract obtained by a music photographers’ Facebook group, “no photo credentials” are to be granted for concerts on Beyonce’s Mrs Carter tour, the Guardian reported.
Instead, news outlets have been given a link to a website featuring shots from Amsterdam, Zagreb, Belgrade and Bratislava, all of which were taken by Frank Micelotta.
The move to prohibit press photographers is seen by most observers as a reaction to this year’s Super Bowl kerfuffle, when sites such as Gawker and Buzzfeed compiled “unflattering” images of Beyonce’s jubilant exertions.
After publishing these shots by Getty Images, Buzzfeed received an email from Beyonce’s US publicist Yvette Noel-Schure, “respectfully asking” the site to “change” their article.
As the blog Fstoppers points out, barring professionals means that newspapers and magazines will have to rely on amateurs.
“(The media) will do anything possible to get images that other publications don’t have,” Noam Galai said.
If they can’t send a photographer to give them original photos, Galai said that the next best thing they can do is buy photos from fans in the front rows in the arena.