Credit, copyright, trademark, watermark… could be the opening line to a forgotten Pet Shop Boys track circa. West End Girls. But alas, it is not – rather, it’s a broken record that plagues photographers, and artists alike, around the world; will credit be paid where credit’s due?
Enter Lucia Moholy and the Bauhaus school of architecture.
Moholy is famed for her striking imagery of the school itself and the art it spawned during its 1920s ‘heyday’ years. But her images are more than just ‘snaps’ chronicling a time and a place, they are works of art in their own right. Maholy meticulously crafted architecture, lines, light, objects, abstract shapes and the designers creating them into stunning imagery.
Enter Walter Gropius.
Gropius founded the source of her inspiration, was responsible for the architecture which played a major role in Moholy’s images and attracting the brilliant students whose work inspired her.
So when Maholy’s negatives are forgotten during World War II and resurface years later – who takes the credit for the work? Who has the right to own it, reproduce it or financially benefit from it? A classic chicken and egg situation, but in this scenario; what comes first, the art of composition or the art within it?
Enter 99% Invisible.
A marvelous podcast that can explain the full saga (and yes, reveals the ending!) in their great episode Photo Credit: Negatives of the Bauhaus.
Listen via iTunes, GooglePlay – or wherever you get your podcasts from.
Or read their full article here: 99% Invisible – Photo Credit
It’s a great podcast… really great… so does this mean you’re experiencing a piece of audible art, displaying photographic art, interpreting installation art!?