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Chicago's Cloud Gate Photo Restrictions

Francisco Solares-Larrave , May 27, 2005; 12:24 p.m.

One bit of good news for those living or visiting Chicago: the photography ban on Cloud Gate (aka The Bean) was removed. In the past, the guards were stopping people from photographing the statue, especially those coming with a tripod or doing wedding shots. Now... they're charging professionals a fee, but for the rest of us, it's back to what it used to be.

Check out the article HERE

Let us all have fun!

Finding herself (M6TTL, Hexanon 35/2, Scala)


Nathaniel Pearson , May 27, 2005; 12:54 p.m.

I was shooting last summer with a tripod and Kowa 6, as well as my CLE, and was approached and asked by a guard whether my shots were for personal use. I said yes, and he bid me happy shooting and continued on his way.

Nathaniel Pearson , May 27, 2005; 01:04 p.m.

Couldn't find my bean shots per se, but here's another from nearby that day.

Gehry bandshell and skyline, Chicago, 55mm Kowa on Kowa 6, Velvia.

Eric Merrill , May 27, 2005; 01:29 p.m.

I didn't get any grief when I visited and took pictures, either. From last fall. Click on thumbnail for a larger version:

Kapoor Sculpture — self portrait

Nathaniel Pearson , May 27, 2005; 10:20 p.m.

Found 'em.

Cloudless gate, Chicago, Kowa 6

Nathaniel Pearson , May 27, 2005; 10:21 p.m.

Using the bean, Kowa 6

Nathaniel Pearson , May 27, 2005; 10:22 p.m.

Small human bean, Kowa 6

Nathaniel Pearson , May 27, 2005; 10:24 p.m.

Btw, I think we photographers do owe sculptor Anish Kapoor a shoutout for making one of the most optically interesting landmarks anyone could ask for!

Chee C , May 28, 2005; 08:32 a.m.

Ahh finally, stupidity lost.

DAVID FIELDS , May 31, 2005; 06:29 p.m.

Does this mean you can use your tripod at ANYTIME - not just "after 9:00 am", for non-pro's?

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