Photography Guidelines

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Photography Guidelines

Photography Guidelines

News Media

Journalists can arrange photo and video shoots with the Institute’s media relations team. For more information contact Non-journalists should email

Recreational Photography and Videography

The following rules/guidelines for photography and videography at the Salk must be adhered to by all visitors. These are not all inclusive. Salk staff/security reserve the right to ask any visitor to leave if they determine that their behavior is in violation of photo policy or is disruptive to the Institute.

In addition, people photographing and filming at Salk must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Recreational photography and videography is allowable while visiting Salk on a docent-led tour. This includes the use of one hand-held camera for personal use only.
  • Props, special lighting devices (such as off-camera flashes) and costumes are not permitted.
  • Professional/Commercial photography and filming for purposes of theatrical release, industrial use and public service announcements is not permitted.
  • Wedding, engagement, graduation, family portrait, model portfolio, student projects/portfolios and other types of formal and commissioned personal photography and videography are not permitted.
  • Use of drones is not permitted.
  • Use of selfie-sticks is not permitted.
For more information please call (858) 453-4100 x1371 or contact Salk Institute is on private property and reserves the right to ask any individuals who are disruptive or in violation of the photography guidelines to leave the premises.