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Photography in an Orthodox Church
2012-08-18 20:25 - mihaela  
Hello, Ellie,
No, for sure there is not any canonical prohibition about photography in Orthodox Church. And you're right, there are different situations. In Romania I met similar situations like you said. Usually we are allowed, and also it is the best to make photos when there is no service. If there is a priest in the church in that moment, or in the monastery it is very good to have blessing for making photos. Especially when you are not sure that it is allowed to make photos there.
Welcome on Orthphoto and good luck with photos! :)
2012-08-11 17:45 - parasol  
I don't know if this has happened to you in the past, but for me, it's one of the first issues I've encountered in my experience in photography in the Orthodox church. In many cases, when I enter a church, there is a "photography prohibited" sign. Sometimes it's a church official who tells me not to take pictures. The explanations differ every time. Sometimes I am told that the reason is spiritual: photography in a church is forbidden because it is a holy place. But no other reason of this is given. Sometimes, I can take pictures if I pay a set fee. But it is different in every church, so I am confused what is the position of the church and theology in this.

So, to sum it up. Is there a canonical prohibition for photography in an Orthodox church? Is there a unified policy? Have you encountered this matter in your experience? Your help in understanding this is very much appreciated!
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