2012-11-04

Photographer Doug Rickard Puts New Spin on 'Street' Art Using Google Maps

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Photographer Doug Rickard sees artistic possibility in the images of people captured in the photographic drive-bys that make up Google Street View.

He has travelled thousands of virtual miles, looking for potential photographs in Google's maps that have more than just utilitarian purpose. KQED's Scott Shafer reports.

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2 comments:

Daf said...

Why are there so many doing this and how can they get away with it ?

I can see artistic merit in the photograph - but surely that's Google's copyright ?

tp82669 said...

Not only are these NOT "his works", but according to Google Maps images policy, printing and distribution is prohibited: http://support.google.com/maps/bin/static.py?hl=en&ts=1342531&page=ts.cs

To call him a photographer is laughable. Collecting the images may allow him the role of curator, but certainly not as photographer in this case. And I am insulted that the museums contine to exhibit these images.

This is not a case of derivitive works; a photo of a photo is not a derivitive. The images do not belong to him, and there was no mention of Google's position on this regarding copyrights that I can recall from the video. This appears to be copyright infringement and a shameless case of an individual using someone else's work to further their own agenda. If you didn't snap the shutter, you are not the photographer.