Posted in dance | music | venues on January 2, 2014

a rare photo (of Giorgio Moroder) inside Output...
Output

When the dance club Output opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, earlier this year, its website proclaimed that the club was "open to anyone, but not for everyone." Among those who quickly realized they were not wanted: shutterbugs put off by the club's stringent no-photo policy. Enacted at Output to refocus attention, however compromised, on the music rather than selfie shots, the ban earned praise and condemnation in equal, if not simultaneous, measure.

"I really like the idea behind this," one early reviewer wrote on Yelp. "But the fact that they strictly ENFORCE this," the reviewer added, "is outrageous." Output isn't the only place that prohibits photography: André Saraiva's Le Baron preserves its exclusive Gallic debauchery by not allowing photos; Amy Sacco banned cameras at her celebrity-laden Bungalow 8 in 2001 and has kept the policy intact at its near carbon copy, No. 8; and bouncers at the just-opened Sankeys actively discourage camera wielders. [NY Times]

As someone who remembers the days before digital photography and the internet, I like that some places are trying to bring back or preserve that more-private, pre-technology feel, especially places where you wouldn't want the rest of the world to know what you did last night. It wasn't THAT long ago that it was actually novel to see a photo from inside a club in a magazine a month after it was taken. As someone who enjoys pictures (on this website included), and kind of wishes there were more in existence from the "old days", I also wouldn't want to see 'no pictures' become the norm (not that it ever would).

In related news, check out our photos from New Year's Eve at Baby's All Right.

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Comments (17)

that's kind of cool but it would be even better if Output got the fuck out of Brooklyn

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2014 11:47 AM

Can we ban all digital photos, period? Film or just, yknow, enjoy the moment for what it is instead of everyone incessantly having to document every single second of their lives?

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2014 11:48 AM

FOMO

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2014 12:01 PM

I took a selfie of my reaction to this story so everyone could see, but Grandpa BrooklynVegan has no way to upload images in comments.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2014 12:05 PM

11:47 I think I love you

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2014 12:26 PM

12:05 In this case Grampa is wise. He'd be wiser to do away with the comment sections.

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Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2014 12:43 PM

Upworthy like bro. Pictures suck, like get off you phone and watch me film myself throwing a touchdown to a retard.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2014 12:43 PM

seems like all of the boring people like to take photos to show they are in a place rather than enjoy the music and dance.

fuck them.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2014 3:34 PM

But if nobody knows I'm out somewhere doing something cool, what's the point of doing something cool? I only do things to brag about doing them to other people because I have no sense of self.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2014 3:37 PM

Good for them.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2014 5:33 PM

unless you are sexting there is no reason to use your phone to take pictures

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2014 11:12 PM

3:34, no one in Brooklyn Vegan neither enjoys music nor dances.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2014 7:36 AM

Yes, it's annoying to stand behind someone taking a ton of photos at a show, but most people are fine. But the only thing more insufferable than people constantly taking photos is the people who constantly say "Oh my god, why can't they just be in the moment?"

People enjoy things differently from one another sometimes. It's all going to be okay.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2014 9:16 AM

No, taking a ton of photos at a show is far more insufferable. People can enjoy things however they want but it is wrong to detract from the enjoyment of all those behind you.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2014 9:30 AM

u st music hall in dc did this when they opened a few years ago. remember some review from a show there where the blogger drew pictures of the band

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2014 9:43 AM

Writing journal entries after a show is completely insufferable. I don't understand why people have to try to remember anything that has every happened.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2014 11:16 AM

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