Gage Skidmore’s photography and creative commons

Gage Skidmore, a twenty-something college student has captured hundreds (if not thousands) of pictures of presidential candidates; from Donald Trump to Hilary Clinton to Ben Carson – some that you can find here http://petapixel.com/2016/01/26/this-22-year-old-is-shaking-up-political-photography-with-creative-commons-images/

Skidmore has been hired and paid dozens of times for his photography although if one was to use Skidmore’s photography they would be required to do so through a CC license –https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/

The teen has caused a lot of controversy among pro-bono photojournalists as they. In an interview conducted by niemanlab.org Skidmore addresses the tension as follows:

”I don’t really think I’ve had an effect on professional photojournalists, as I still see their photos widely used by many of the mainstream publishers. A lot of the sites that do use my photos would probably find another source of free photos regardless, so it might as well be me.”[1]

Despite these tensions it is yet to be seen if Gage Skidmore will simply remain a college student with a camera or a pioneer in professional photojournalism.

[1] http://www.niemanlab.org/2012/09/how-a-19-year-old-student-became-one-of-the-hottest-political-photographers-in-the-country/

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