NYTs “If the Copy Is an Artwork, Then What’s the Original?”

Published: December 6, 2007

Since the late 1970s, when Richard Prince became known as a pioneer of appropriation art — photographing other photographs, usually from magazine ads, then enlarging and exhibiting them in galleries — the question has always hovered just outside the frames: What do the photographers who took the original pictures think of these pictures of their pictures, apotheosized into art but without their names anywhere in sight?…Read the Article

And, Richard Prince sets the new record in Fine Art Photography with the latest auction record at $4.3 Million Dollars. 

One thought on “NYTs “If the Copy Is an Artwork, Then What’s the Original?”

  1. Richard Prince is relying on the “fair use” aspect of copyright law. Whether or not his usage is actually fair use is another question. This would have to be challenged by the owner of the original photograph, which in the case of an advertisement photo, is the company the ad was done for, not the original photographer.

    Fair Use is a pretty nebulous part of the law and its hard to generalize about it, it tends to get solved on a case by case basis.


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