You probably remember our posts last year about the controversial Shepard Fairey poster for the Obama campaign. At first there was a great hunt for the photograph the artist had used as his reference; after several contenders were put forward, it transpired that the genuine photograph was one taken by Manny Garcia of the Associated Press. Only, Manny Garcia denied that the particular photograph was the property of the AP. Fairey, who considers himself a sort of guerrilla artist at one side from, if not above, the law, dissembled; Garcia and the AP squabbled.
Well, now, part of the dispute has been settled, as you can read about at the BJP online. How to interpret this news we're not exactly sure; if this were a Western, this would be the equivalent of the apprentice good guy—the Simon-pure rancher, say—getting mowed down by the baddie, in order to set up the movie's ultimate showdown. But it's not a western, and anyway, we're not exactly sure who's who in the drama. Stay tuned.
(Thanks to Nick Meertens)
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