I really think that the photographer walks a fine line between art and documentation.
An artist is different than a documentarian. Im beginning to think that if a person with a camera takes steps to set up his photo so that he/she is creating something new -
that can clearly qualify as an art form. - However - if this is a matter of looking and clicking (especially of a public figure)- then we are doing documentation IMO. I didnt create Run DMC, I was just there with them to click a photo. I went to a concert and now own many images of Angus Young. (for sale)
- as it is, if I click a photo of a superstar in an airport, I now have COMPLETE CONTROL over any and all future images which may have derived from my click.
...and Run DMC or Angus Young or their fans cant say dick. It belongs to me.
Now, all of this being said, I do believe that Bushcraftonfire is correct, in that its fairly clear that Brainwash traced over a projected image + these were on flyers he was handing out to promote his show.
I believe this is one of the actual artworks ..
I personally would change the image simply because the transfer of my eye to my hand is not perfect, therefore it will be (somewhat) different, but...Still - is this not transformative? Even with using a projection - I think this is different enough to be valuable. He is making a comment about Run DMC...not Glen Friedmans photographic abilities.
I also have an issue because - Glen is making cheese for his cracker, not by virtue of his exceptional ability, but because the guys he clicked are extremely famous.
Which to me is fine, but hey dont fricking SUE me just because I LIKE THEM TOO.
also there is the glaring fact that - even bereft of his lawsuit win over Brainwash, I imagine Glen didnt really suffer lost income, or harmed sales of his prints, and in fact BENEFITTED from Brainwash working from his photo and the subsequent publicity.