"...On October 9, 2009, my lawyers sent a letter to the AP and to the photographer Mannie Garcia, through their lawyers, notifying them that I intend to amend my court pleadings. Throughout the case, there has been a question as to which Mannie Garcia photo I used as a reference to design the HOPE image. The AP claimed it was one photo...in an attempt to conceal my mistake I submitted false images and deleted other images. I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions which were mine alone. I am taking every step to correct the information and I regret I did not come forward sooner..."
This was very disappointing to read, but it takes courage to come out and share his new message (downloadable pdf available via OBEY Giant). Now we have a resolution to the Shepard Fairey/Associated Press Barack Obama Hope Poster saga, just one we never imagined, and we are all left feeling like fools.
Here's an old post Karen made about "Milton Glaser on Shepard Fairey and Plagiarism." At the time she wrote "...If infact Shepard Fairey’s usage of the Barack Obama image was not “fair use”, this will open up further questioning on much of the design and illustration work taking place today..."
Back in 2008, Sean Hartman interviewed Shepard Fairey for design:related.
Below is also a video clip of Shepard Fairey on the Colbert Report, defending his use of appropriation for his iconic Barack Obama poster:
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