Beyoncé has banned media photographers from her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.

The Guardian reported Wednesday Beyoncé is not granting photo credentials on the tour, which kicked off in Serbia last week and which comes to HP Pavilion in San Jose July 2. Instead, Beyoncé has hired a photographer whose concert pics will be distributed to the press after each show.

Other artists, including the Killers and Prince, are known for doing the same thing.

This sounds like a disturbing trend. Before you know it, performers will insist that only their publicists review their shows. Criminals will be distributing their own grainy crime shots, so no one publishes their bad side.

The decision comes after Beyonce's publicist asked BuzzFeed to remove "unflattering" photos of the singer's Super Bowl's performance. The photos were also reportedly removed from Getty.

It's not clear if the strategy's working, though. The unflattering photos (and memes created from them) have been popping up all over the Internet.

Beyonce's management company released two photos from the first show of her tour last Monday. But, as the Huffington Post UK pointed out, nonofficial photos taken by members of the crowd have also been circulating.

Professional photographer Noam Galai -- who also works for the Huffington Post's parent company AOL -- wrote in a blog post for Fstoppers:


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"... we all know how media works -- they will do anything possible to get images that other publications don't have. If they can't send a photographer to give them original photos, the next best thing they can do is buy photos from fans in the front rows in the arena (cameras were not allowed, but no one can take away phones). It's the next best thing for them, and a huge nightmare for Beyoncé and her publicist."

Just for the record, we won't do ANYTHING to get images other papers don't have. I happen to know of a photo editor who actually refused to sell one of his children for Van Halen photos back in the '80s.

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