Final Project

The designer that I have chosen to analyze and evaluate is Shepard Fairey, best known for his work with Obama portraits; these portraits had an extreme impact on the President’s campaign, as it is said that Obama wrote Fairey a thank you note after he was elected.  However, the mass success of his work was slightly tarnished by the theory that Fairey had plagiarized the portrait when he used a copyrighted photograph to create his most famous piece.  Before this happened, however, Fairey was also affected by plagiarism with his street work in the early 90’s, most notably with his “Obey Giant” campaign.  Since then, Fairey has made significant strides to speak out for his art work and challenge the notions of fair trade art (Vallen).


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