please, cite the artists

more and more often I started asking myself the question why, when people are quoting excerpt of a book or poem, every time they cite the author, yet with paintings (respectively photography) this almost never happens. and here I’m not just talking about the ridiculous unauthorised use of images – during the years friends have notified me of my artworks being used as a tapestry model or even copied almost identically by another artist and in sale, or even used as part of a logo. no, I’m talking about the massive daily sharing of images in the social media, accompanied by some wise thoughts, quotes or poems without a mention of the author of the visual content.

recently I got really pissed off by the usage of an Ana Razumovskaya painting for an event in a prominent Sofia night club, and nowhere did I see the name of the artist (hope I’m wrong, but there is no doubt in my mind she was never even contacted to get asked for her permission).

please, cite the names of artists (painters, photographers, illustrators, etc). behind these images stands immense amounts of work, ideas and expenses and putting a name next/under the image will cost you almost no effort. and in case you don’t know who the author is – write exactly that – there will always be someone who will know and comment. this would be a respectful practise. thank you.

P.S. it is not my intention to generalise – there are people, who are constantly writing to me with requests to grant permission in using some of my artwork – and thank God they always cite the author and when they can the website. I want to thank them a lot too.

on the picture: a draft of “Magnificent Turquoise”, artist Alexandrina Karadjova, www.acrista.com
that simple 😉