Photographers as guardians of memories, but also the most common target of theft 

“Photography is a story I can not put into words”

Destin Sparks 

Cameras are one of the most precious objects in the world. From wooden boxes covered with a black sheet to analog and digital with long lenses, the cameras have documented countless moments for centuries.

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But still, the cameras would be insignificant if there was no one to create the magic behind them. The first permanent photograph is entitled “View from the window in Le Grasse.” It was made by the photographer Joseph Nicèpor Nièpce in 1825 using a wooden sliding box made by Charles and Vincent Chevalier in Paris. Since then, new photographers have constantly been appearing who, with different styles, bring the world closer to us through their eyes. And you could agree that if it did not exist, man’s curious eye would never be satisfied.

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Many photographers around the world have done notable photographic works that hold the attention, and that is why it often happens that they are used without crediting the author. In an age where we have broad access to all kinds of content, it has become quite common to “steal” photos without thinking about the consequences. In addition to neglecting their value and devaluing the creative mind of the photographer, there are cases where they are resold by those who have taken them.

Today, social networks have a significant influence on this type of theft. Each of us has witnessed articles or posts with beautiful photos whose authors are not mentioned anywhere. The most common excuse for such events is that “they were found online,” but that does not justify what was done. Many young people today enter the realm of photography, and I, knowing such young inspiring people, often witness that they are a common target.

That’s why all of us want to post a photo on Instagram that impress us. The least we can do is acknowledge the authors to prevent this “underestimated” type of crime. Yet, in this time of (un)mercy, art as a profession is a brave step for young people. 

Martina Danilovska


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