Obama ‘Hope’ image – mystery solved

Apparently there’s been a search going on, since this image first appeared, to find the original photo. The mystery has finally solved, in the most American way possible, with Associated Press suing designer Shepard Fairey for ‘credit and compensation’ saying “it’s use required permission.”

Fair enough, I’d say, if the photo had been taken by one of their photographers (as it apparently has) and blatantly used in its original form. But surely when the image has been altered to such an extent that it takes a hoard of bloggers, design geeks examining metadata and  ‘image-recognition software’ to determine the source of the original photo, then it has gone beyond the point where you can fairly claim ownership. 

There are so many similar photos of Obama in this pose (as shown below and here) that the artist could easily claim to have used any one of them.

Happily, some clever people at Paste Magazine have come up with a little thingee called an ‘Obamicon generator‘ where you can ‘Obama’ your own picture. So if you haven’t seen a tonne of them already, prepare yourself for a barrage of ‘Hope’ style t-shirts heading to a market near you!  
Mixing The Joker and politics? Surely a dangerous combo!
Watch out Warhol and Che, Obama’s gonna getcha!

One response to “Obama ‘Hope’ image – mystery solved

  1. Update – Obama ‘Hope’ Artist Sues AP In Copyright Flap“Shepard Fairey, the street artist who created the highly recognized “Hope” image of Barack Obama, filed a preemptive lawsuit claiming he did not violate The Associated Press’s intellectual property rights… The Los Angeles street artist is claiming a fair use right.”http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/02/obama-artist-su.html

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