Stealing another creator’s work is perhaps one of the lowest things someone can do, but for another purported artist to steal demonstrates not only a severe lack of sense of community but an appalling lack of artistic sensibility.
Afterall, great artists copy, good artists steal may be an adage oft repeated by many but most assuredly did not refer to the actual theft of the work in total – rather it referred to the sentiment, the essence behind the work.
Well, one photographer in Canada, commissioned by the city of Calgary, allegedly took the carbon-copy approach to great artistry and stole photographs of comedians from the UK, blurred them out, and then affixed inane phrases over top of each face.
Derek Michael Besant’s commissioned work for the 4th Street S.W. Underpass Enhancement Project was noticed by a friend of United Kingdom-based comedian Bisha Ali, who was notified by a friend that her face was among those in the exhibition. Though blurred, Bisha recognized the photo as being one of hers taken by photographer Jayde Adams.