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IMG MGMT: Stock Photography Watermarks As The Presence of God

By Rhizome

Guest post by: KEVIN BEWERSDORF

[Editors note: IMG MGMT is an artist essay series highlighting the diversity of curatorial processes within the art making practice. Today's invited artist Kevin Bewersdorf will show at V&A this fall in New York, and maintains the website maximumsorrow.com].

Disagreements on the ownership of intellectual property are issues of personal belief, and are therefore spiritual issues. Stock photography corporations have their own rigid dogma on the ownership of information, and they hold their beliefs to be truth. Like shepherds guarding a flock, these corporations brand their property in order to protect themselves and their patrons (the photographers) from unlicensed misuse or "evil" on the lawless web. In this collection of photos I have limited myself to an investigation of the protective watermarks of one such stock photography website, 123RF.com, and the search term "prayer."

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