2722 – Ain’t No Crime

What does it mean to take a photograph of a photograph that has been displayed in public?

This is a small crop from an advertising poster for the Cirque du Soleil show Kooza. Follow the link to see the original.

I believe I have created a work that’s, although derivative, clearly distinct, a work that does not get its impact from any of the original work’s main parameters. It’s a small crop from a big picture, thus composition is obviously completely different, and if that were not enough, it’s black and white, while the original is strongly based on its wild colors. What do you think? Crime or not?

The Song of the Day is “Ain’t No Crime” from the classic Billy Joel album “Piano Man”. Hear it on YouTube.

2 thoughts on “2722 – Ain’t No Crime”

  1. Copying, stealing, it’s all acceptable in the endeavours of creating art. It’s been done throughout history. One of the best and most blatant examples came from Richard Prince, a photographer who is famous for selling the first photograph to sell for more than a million dollars in 2005. The photograph? Well, it was a photograph of an advertising poster for Marlboro cigarettes. When it sold for $1,248,000 some people thought it was an icon of postmodern art and some thought Prince made away like a bandit for stealing someone else’s work.
    In any case you are not a criminal to me and if you are then I hope it pays you as well as it did Prince 🙂

    1. Yeah, I know the Prince story, but some stunts can’t be repeated. But wait, how about a glass basin with a dead shark in formaldehyde? … oh dammit! 😀

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