Bosses of a photographers' union have written to Beyonce's publicists urging them to drop a ban on snappers covering her current world tour.
The former Destiny's Child singer is in Europe for a series of concerts as part of her Mrs. Carter Show trek, but she has refused to allow photographers to cover the gigs after a series of unflattering snaps of her Super Bowl performance in February (2013) went viral online.
The move means most images of the Crazy in Love hitmaker on the tour are grainy, poor quality shots taken by fans - and the U.S.-based National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has now written to the star's publicist to argue the ban is benefiting neither side.
NPPA general council Mickey Osterreicher writes, "Your ban has resulted in the posting of intentionally created prank photos... that have been far more unflattering than the original ones and which have gone viral. Ending the ban is more likely to result in publication of fair, objective and mutually beneficial photographs that serve your interests and ours."