lifeasdaddy, in Photographing museum labels: The retrospective user experience, responding to Aaron Cope’s questions about labels that are part of his blog post for the Cooper Hewitt on a way of scanning them in.
I thought I’d chip in a short commentary. Like lifeasdaddy, I definitely take photos of labels after/before photographing things, so that I can credit the artists. However, there are a couple of other uses.
Sometimes I photograph the label but not the art. That can be because I can’t capture the work, or I just want to recall it. Usually that means I want to look it up later and maybe post it to Tumblr or something like that. I often don’t get around to it, but at least it’s there.
Finally, in those galleries that are camera-hostile, I take notes of artist or work names, again in the hope I can look them up later. If I knew how to read the accession code, assuming it was on the label, I could save myself a lot of writing by looking up things later, but generally I tend to use longhand. Unfortunately, such notes tend to just form a slush that sits around in my phone and online, barely ever to be referred to.
That said, sometimes I do get around to it.