Milton Glaser Has Doubts about Fairey’s Poster

 Milton Glaser Has Doubts about Faireys Poster
Design great Milton Glaser thinks Shepard Fairey didn’t add enough to make his HOPE poster stand apart as an original work.

I disagree. And the test for me is that Fairey could have made his poster without the photo in question — he just would have grabbed a different photo. The photo is one of millions of subtly different photos of Obama. On the other hand, Fairey’s poster is distinctive and iconic. In fact, the photo owes any significance it enjoys to the poster.

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2 Comments

  1. chase
    Posted February 12, 2009 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Milton Glaser is right and your logic is nonsense. Real artists don’t have to copy photos. They study the human they are going to represent by observation and sketching then internalize the subjects forms. They can then draw or paint the subject in any view desirable. You are either not an artist or not qualified to talk about how real art is created. If you can’t draw then take your own photo and copy it, but don’t use someone else’s. There is not enough added to the Obama poster to justify calling it your own. Slapping on some fancy colors is not enough. By the way photography is an art as well. Surely you have taken many garbage pictures haven’t you? You must know it takes skill and knowledge to do professional photography.

  2. Posted February 17, 2009 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Umm… actually, “real artists” can do whatever they want. That’s sort of what art is about.

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