Beyonce Bans Photographers From Mrs. Carter Show World Tour

Unfavorable photos might be the least of many stars’ worries, but that’s not stopping Beyonce and her camp from attempting to curtail the issue altogether — and to control her image completely.

Months after the singer’s publicity team pressed BuzzFeed to take pictures of the singer taken at her Super Bowl performance, calling some of the posted pics “unflattering,” the singer has banned all professional photographers from her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, according to photography blog Fstoppers.

One of the unflattering Super Bowl pictures Beyonce's camp has tried to nix. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Unflattering Super Bowl pic that Beyonce’s camp has tried to nix. (Chris Graythen/Getty)

Instead, her camp is issuing three to five pre-approved pictures from the show, shot by their own photographers, to media outlets who need them. Naturally, the provided photos are glowing and incredibly flattering, as is the video footage Beyonce released of the tour yesterday (April 22).


Of course, that’s not stopping major media outlets, who are now simply purchasing photos taken from fans who happen to be in or near the front row, thereby giving them just about the same vantage point, albeit at assumed lower quality. This means that the pictures could actually be more unflattering than those taken by professional photographers.

According to actual concert tickets, cameras and recorders are prohibited at the show; banning phones are, of course, a more complicated issue. Beyonce’s camp has not yet released a statement regarding the photography policy.

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour kicked off April 15 in Belgrade, Serbia, and continues throughout Europe until June 1. Beyonce kicks off the North American leg of the tour June 28 in Los Angeles and wraps the tour August 5th in Brooklyn.

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