Shepard Fairey, The Artist Behind The Barack Obama Presidential Election Essay

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Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the Barack Obama presidential election “Hope” poster, chose a photograph as an aid to achieving an ideal pose, that was taken by an Associated Press, AP, photographer, Mannie Garcia. This led to a controversy as Fairey used an image he did not own for his personal artwork. This leads to the question of whether illustrators and artists should be allowed to use photographs under the copyright “Fair Use” clause without having to ask permission or pay royalties to the original artist or copyright holder.
Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary graphic designer, street artist, illustrator and founder of the OBEY Clothing company. In 1988 he graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy in Palm Springs, California. Fairey realized his interest in art while working at a skateboard shop where he proceeded to post his homemade stickers. From there, he moved into the street art culture and graffiti movement where he became interested in stencils. While receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISDI), Fairey became known for his “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign for OBEY. However, his fame sprouted during the 2008 U.S. presidential election when he created Barack Obama’s “Hope” poster, which sparked controversy. Some of his other works which combine elements of graffiti, pop art, business art, and Marxist Theory have been shown at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in

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