Shepard Fairey – Obey to be Better!

Here’s a very nice short film about artist Shepard Fairey whose Obama poster in 2008 became one of the most well-known symbols of the campaign. I started off not liking Fairey’s images even though I purchased one of the Obama posters. I saw lots of reuse and fascism. But I usually have great trouble with and distaste for things that I wind up genuinely admiring. I think Fairey makes absolutely stunning images.  I recently purchased a brand new signed print of his.  I can’t wait to hang it!  Their beauty is both easy and difficult. They are harsh and bombastic even while containing great subtlety. Fascinating artist. I think the statements he makes about copyright are generally correct. But I also think that he was rude in not crediting the original photographer behind the Obama poster image. But rudeness does not make for copyright infringement. I’m sure he’s a very nice guy and I’ve noticed that he has no problem with crediting photographers on his web site.  I also have a secret little reason for liking the T-shirt he’s wearing.

This film was made by Gestaltin TV in Germany.