In the summer of 2006 I set out on a project to create a ‘commons’: a body of high-value photography copyrighted to allow the public to use it, even alter it, without my permission.
Educational institutions, community newspapers, authors, blogs, the independent press and other groups who can not afford Getty have neither the time nor money to negotiate with randoms for affordable photos.
I wanted candid over the fake world airbrushing gave me. I set out to record things for myself and to share what I found. Nothing was off-limits.
Below are galleries that provide select examples, but the totality of the work is found throughout Wikipedia in over 200 languages, illustrating tens of thousands of Wikimedia project pages. The work has also been used by the New York Times, the Economist, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the Weekly Standard, Forbes, Bloomberg News and numerous others.
You now share in my ownership. Just don’t violate anyone’s personality rights.