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Woman takes a photo of a painting with her phone
Woman takes a photo of a large blue painting with her phone
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Photography Policy

Visitor Photography Policy

This is a photo-friendly museum! To protect the objects and the safety of other visitors, we have guidelines that must be followed when photographing at the Clyfford Still Museum. This policy applies to still photography taken by hand-held cameras or devices and to video recordings, which are permitted only on mobile phones or similarly small recording devices.

  • Photography must be conducted without disruption to other visitors, Museum operations, or limitation to the accessibility of exhibitions, entrances/exits, doorways, and high traffic areas.
  • Photographers and subjects must always stand at least three feet (one meter) away from artwork at all times. Please refrain from touching artwork.
  • Flash photography is not permitted in any area of the Clyfford Still Museum.
  • Camera bags, stabilization devices such as tripods and monopods, and other large or specialty photographic equipment are prohibited in the galleries (unless approved and accompanied by Museum staff—see below for photography shoot pass information). Camera bags may be stored in the Museum lockers.
  • Visitor photography is permitted for personal, noncommercial use only.
  • Photographs may not be published, sold, reproduced, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner unless approved by the Museum in writing.*
  • All photography must take place during the Clyfford Still Museum’s normal business hours.
  • No live flowers are permitted in the Museum, but fake flowers are allowed.

Commercial photography and videography requests will be taken on a case-by-case basis and fees associated with commercial shoots will vary. To request a commercial photo/video shoot, please fill out the request form. For more information, please contact press@clyffordstillmuseum.org or call the CSM marketing department at 720-354-4875.

*For all requests to reproduce or publish images including artwork or the Museum building, please email rights@clyffordstillmuseum.org.

The Clyfford Still Museum reserves the right to prohibit photography in any area at any time. Failure to adhere to guidelines or staff direction may result in being asked to cease activities and leave the premises. For all requests to reproduce, publish, sell or otherwise commercially exploit images including artwork or the Museum building, please email rights@clyffordstillmuseum.org.

Photography Shoot Passes

An application to obtain a Photography Shoot Pass must be submitted prior to all photography and/or video shoots, professional or amateur, which utilize equipment not permitted by the Visitor Photography Policy.

Non-commercial Professional Photography Pass: $100 for 1 hour

Due to social distancing policies, we are not currently accepting professional photography requests at this time. Please check back again soon.

Covers up to 2 photographers from the same company and 1-2 subjects in photos, for a group of up to 4 people total (additional fees may apply) for 1 hour. Groups larger than 4 people including the photographer(s) must request permission through the Museum’s facility rental department one month in advance; additional fees will apply. Examples include engagement photoshoots, first-look wedding photoshoots, etc. All shoots must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Photography pass applicants must review our complete terms and conditions for photography and video shoots. Payment of fees is due with pass application.
  • Students may obtain a photography pass for completion of a class assignment at no charge with a copy of their student identification.
  • Photography must not be disruptive to other visitors or block doors or walkways.
  • Photography passes will be issued during the Clyfford Still Museum’s regular public operating hours Tuesday through Sunday. No passes will be issued on Mondays. For photography or video shoots that must take place outside of the Museum’s regular public operating hours, additional requirements and fees apply.
  • Photographers must have their passes visible at all times while shooting at the Museum.
  • All approved photographers with passes who utilize professional photographic equipment including tripods must be accompanied at all times by a member of the Museum’s staff and these shoots will be approved on a case-by-case basis.
  • Completed application and payment must be received by the Museum at least two weeks in advance of the intended date(s) of photography.

Apply for a non-commercial photography pass

Commercial Professional Photography Pass

Commercial photoshoots are approved on a case-by-case basis. The cost for commercial photoshoots is $1,500/hour with a 4-hour minimum, plus additional artwork licensing fees (varies). Photoshoots lasting longer than 4 hours may be subject to additional fees. Exclusive use of the Museum is only available on Mondays, when the Museum is closed to the public. Non-exclusive use of the Museum is available for commercial shoots Tuesday-Sunday, but photoshoots must not be disruptive to other visitors or block doors or walkways.

Apply for a commercial photography pass