Last week, James Danziger writes, he solved the biggest photographic mystery of the 2008 election: he found the photographer who took the photo that was the source for Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama HOPE prints.
His search began last fall, when he recognized that Fairey’s prints were becoming the definitive visual of the campaign, and he began asking everyone from Amanda Fairey, the artist’s wife, to Holly Hughes, the editor of Photo District News, if they knew who took the original photo. No one could seem to pin it down. Shepard Fairey was on record as saying it came from a Google Image search, but couldn’t (or wouldn’t) track it back to the source....
READ ON at The Daily Beast
Commentary: The reader who sent this item to me says, "I am a graphic designer and a photographer but I would never, ever! use a photograph I found on Google Images for a design without finding, asking and crediting the photographer." Danziger notes late in his article that the Fairey rendering is technically a "derivative work" and Fairey's use of the photo therefore falls under Fair Use, but how would you feel if you were the photographer, Jim Young? And does it make any difference that Shepard Fairey appears to have donated the work to the world without asking for or receiving any compensation for it?
(Thanks to els)
*Or did he...? See below:
Featured Comment by Other MJ: "HA! Their scoop is totally wrong. Here is the source image:"
(Here's the Hope poster for comparison purposes:
I have to say I think Other MJ and the other commenters who linked to the same image have it right and James Danziger has it wrong...what do you think? If so, then the search would be for the photographer who took the picture used at the intrepidliberaljournal.blogspot.com site. I checked with them, and they know nothing about the photograph—they just found it using a Google image search. —Mike)