A New York artist is selling other people’s Instagram photos as ‘art’ for as much as £60,000 a piece - without seeking permission. Richard Prince finds eye-catching posts from the popular photo sharing app and prints them out at a giant scale.
In his latest exhibition, Prince showed off 37 portraits showing photos taken from other people’s Instagram feeds - without asking whether they minded having their picture used. The pieces were first on display at the end of 2014, but have more recently been on sale at New York’s Frieze Art Fair for as much as $90,000. One of the subjects of the photo - a woman called Doe Deere - only found out when her friends saw the exhibition.
She told her Instagram followers that Prince didn’t ask for her permission to use the image.
“Yes, my portrait is currently displayed at the Frieze Gallery in NYC. Yes, it’s just a screenshot (not a painting) of my original post. No, I did not give my permission and yes, the controversial artist Richard Prince put it up anyway. It’s already sold ($90K I’ve been told) during the VIP preview. No, I’m not gonna go after him. And nope, I have no idea who ended up with it!
Prince is notorious for using other people’s photography in his work, and has settled out of court in a copyright infringement case with a photographer called Patrick Cariou.
Prince argues that because he adapts the pictures a little he has a right to use them under “fair use”.