I remember that project getting lots of press and gallery attention right around the time Stephan and I were busy trying to get attention for out New York portraits. I remember, and to be honest, am still frustrated by all the attention Lorca diCorcia made off his clandestine, and in my opinion, wimpy portraits. Sure I'll get some heat for saying that but after shooting 20,000 New Yorkers and actually speaking with them during the process (or at least acknowledging them if I didn't speak hindi), it's fascinating and maddening to see an afternoon's work get gallery shows and a book published. Jealous is just the beginning of what one feels. Seeing him sued for one of the shots was obviously bittersweet news.
I find the work invasive, stupid and ultimately unsatisfying yet I had and have a vested interest in seeing the case side in his favor because his work is undeniably artistic. (His earlier "Streetwork" project is much much cooler by the way). The points raised in the article are fantastic and the historical precedence is dead-on. I don't need to get into it here. So as the appeal makes its way through the courts we can all keep and eye out for it in the news. Or come back here and Brud will keep us all informed.
Take pictures, stay out of the courts.