Saturday, September 15, 2007

Known for Famous Photos, Not All of Them His

Joe O’Donnell,who died Aug. 9, hijacked and claimed as his own some of the 20th century’s most famous images.

This article in today's New York Times discusses photographer Joe O'Donnell and how he had taken credit for photographs, such as on of John John's salute of his fathers coffin, that were not his own. I just find it interesting that many of these photographs that are widely know were not, at the time, accredited to any one photographer, which now causes problems with who gets credit for what photo. It seems that since the 40's 50's and 60's, photography and more specifically photojournalism has become much more important. Now all photos in papers are credited to someone, and there are photojournalism stars such as James Nachtway, and agencies like VII.

I just thought this was an interesting article, especially since it seems that O’Donnell wasn’t sued for any kind of copy right infringement, and wanted to hear what you guys thought about it.