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In a classic case of "who is responsible for stealing this," a huge UK-based magazine published a photograph by photographer Nadav Kander last month. The issue is that the magazine, unironically called The Big Issue, bought the photo off of a stock website. The photo was of Kander's work hanging in his photography exhibition.
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READ THIS: a”photographer” goes to one of my exhibitions and photographs my framed print of David Lynch. He uploads this picture to a stock site called Alamy. Now this week The BiG Issue which is a magazine in the U.K. publishes a interview with David and buys this despicably shot picture of my photograph, crops in and uses it on the cover of the mag this week. Unbelievable blatant copyright infringement. Sad behaviour and more. I would never have wanted This photograph sold...So photographer who did this, kindly call my studio and we should talk. My alternative is to just go up an avenue that is less than pleasant for you. I wish now I had not got your name taken down off the BI site. Then all could have seen you and “your picture”. My god I work hard to make my work what it is... but this is doubly insulting because added to this your site states clearly that permission should be sought before using your work!!! Go figure. #copyright #copyrightingringement #impissedoff
The above picture is the picture Kander says was stolen.
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An Impending Legal Battle?
So, Kander apparently knows the photographer that took the photo of his picture and put it up on Alamy, a stock website.
The Big Issue then took this photo, poorly cropped it so that you could only see Kander's work, and published it on the cover of its magazine.
Fstoppers found the photograph being sold on Alamy, but it has since been removed either by Alamy or by the "photographer."
In response to Kander's upset Instagram post, The Big Issue responded:
"We're very sorry you feel aggrieved. This image was sourced by the art team. They discovered it on Alamy. It's a great image that we felt would help move the magazine."
Who is responsible for this stolen work? And will the photographer take on the increasingly difficult and expensive challenge of suing for reparations?
If you want to support Kander's amazing photography, you can visit his website here.