Art Attack

This is Shawn. Shawn has a scar on his forehead, but he’s no boy wizard.

Shawn recently visited Paris and Brussels with his Japanese wife and her parents. While strolling around a Parisian square his wife’s attention was caught by the work of a street artist. She pulled out her camera and took a photo of one of the paintings. The artist was seated a little way off and noticed what she was doing. Perhaps understandably miffed at this infringement of his intellectual property rights, he threw a rock which he apparently had about his person in case of such eventualities. Whether by accident or design the rock hit Shawn square in the temple, rather than his wife. A stream of multilingual abuse issued from the aggrieved artist’s mouth, to which Shawn replied with an apology.

I’m trying to imagine how this little drama might have played out in other, more litigious cultures.


6 thoughts on “Art Attack

  1. Erik R. December 7, 2009 / 3:08 pm

    I am of the opinion that if you are OUT IN THE STREET, I have the right to take a picture of you or whatever you’re carrying or sitting next to. Period. Full stop. Semicolon.

    Sneaking into the Lourvre with my camera and tripod is another matter, entirely. But if you’re outside, I can record and rebroadcast your every move.

    Whether or not the legislation of all nations is in align with my views, I do not know.


    • simonlitton December 7, 2009 / 3:13 pm

      I’d imagine that most nations’ legislation would be of the opinion that if you try to make a copy of my artwork, you’re infringeing copyright. Being indoors or outdoors is irrelevant; we’re not talking about invasion of privacy here.


      • Erik R. December 8, 2009 / 6:10 pm

        I would argue that a photograph of a painting is not a copy. No one is going to photograph a street painter’s work, go home, print the photo, and hang that on the wall instead of the original painting. If anything the photo will be shared with others and generate positive publicity for the artist.


  2. Di December 8, 2009 / 6:03 pm

    Wow, I’d say something like … and do excuse me but, ‘You little shit, where is the sign that explains I’m not allowed to photograph you?’

    That is horrendous. But you did take a beautiful photograph of the man with the scar.


  3. Di December 8, 2009 / 6:03 pm

    ‘photograph your work …

    Sorry, I was just hugely outraged.


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