|Images, from left to right:
1-3 Portraits photographed in Leeds
4 Manning the Copy Us production line at Halifax Book Fair
5 The Copy Us stamp, used on all editions
|Copy Us - An exploration of authorship & copyright
(Commissioned by Halifax Book Fair).
Fact: Historically, portraits were referred to as ‘copies’, so you would ‘have your copy made’.
A series of portraits were shot on the streets of Leeds over one weekend. Before any photograph could be considered for use within Copy Us, the subject was asked to sign over the copyright of their portrait to the project, using a typical industry release form. No one refused to sign the form - although some chose to edit it.
|The following weekend, the full series of portraits were
presented at Halifax Book Fair. In order to create an edition of Copy
Us, each viewer was asked to take the role of editor. This required them
to select a maximum of twelve photographs from the set to include in
their edition, and to consider the size of these photographs and their
order. They then copied the images on a standard black and white photocopier
and bound and trimmed their edition. Finally it was stamped, signed and
dated before being taken away by the viewer.
Concept, design & photography: Lizzie Ridout & Melissa Thompson.