Photography and The Law

The power of visual storytelling through photography is obvious but navigating the discipline today as an amateur or professional involves guidelines and regulations that every photographer should know before documenting and sharing their work. Philip Brookman, Consulting Curator for the Department of Photography at the National Gallery of Art moderates a panel of speakers with unique perspectives and expert knowledge of photography and the law. Panelists will share their experience regarding photographers’ rights, ethics, and the legal aspects pertaining to freedom of expression in today’s culture of photography.


  • Joshua J. Kaufman, Partner and chair of the Copyright and Licensing group in the law firm of Venable, LLP, general counsel and a founder of the Art Copyright Coalition, author, contributor, and adjunct professor at American University Law School
  • Janet Fries, Of Counsel in the Intellectual Property practice group of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, adjunct faculty at American University Washington College of Law, and professional editorial and fine art photographer
  • Joshua Yospyn, freelance editorial and commercial photographer featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, instructor, and former photojournalist

This program is open to the public and intended for photography enthusiasts of all backgrounds and experience levels.

This program is presented in association with #iseeDC2019, on view through June 7, 2019.