I woke up this morning to find out that my local comic shop (for whom I occasionally perform computerly and/or retail duties) had won the Boston Phoenix’s Best Of Boston 2012 award. That’s great and they really deserve it.
Unfortunately, the photo they used (of my friends Neil, Emmy and Maris digging in the $2 back issue bins) was taken by me and used without permission or attribution. Every three or four months somebody comes along and asks to use a photo I’ve taken for something or another and I’m always happy to give permission, as long as they’re not selling prints or anything and as long as I get some kind of attribution. I’d certainly do that in this case, as I’m actually pretty happy with the entire set that I shot that night. (In fact, The Pulse in Worcester, The Roanoke Times in Virginia and I Am Korean magazine all used photos from that night and I asked for not one dime.)
I know that it’s the web and “What can you do?” is the prevalent attitude most people have about this sort of thing, but the fact is that if you like my work enough to use it, you should like my work enough to give me credit for it.
Edited to add: Apparently they thought the photo was “from their archives” and will remove it.