Judge Dismisses Privacy Lawsuit Against “Voyeur” Artist Arne Svenson
AUGUST 06, 2013
by David Walker
The New York photographer who provoked controversy by photographing his neighbors through their apartment windows and exhibiting the images in a show has fended off lawsuit for invasion of privacy.
New York State court judge Judge Eileen A. Rakower dismissed the claim against photographer Arne Svenson, ruling that the photos in question were protected by the First Amendment. She also ruled that the images did not violate New York State civil rights laws, as the plaintiffs had claimed.
“An artist may create and sell a work of art that resembles an individual without his or her written consent,” Judge Rakower wrote in her decision, underscoring a central principle of the case.
Marc Davis is a fine art photographer specializing in landscapes of California and the Southwest. You might find his photography on exhibition at some of the following places: Firehouse Arts Center / Harrington Gallery, California State Fair, New Britain Museum of American Art, Alameda County Fair, Livermore Public Library, local wineries, the Bankhead Theater / Bothwell Arts Center, Bagel Street Cafe in Blackhawk, First Street Ale House, Dougherty Station Art Gallery, as well as various other businesses and publications throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
In December 2011, after winning the California Shines Contest, “Granite Ablaze” went on permanent display in a gallery at the U.S. Forest Service Building in Washington, DC.
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RUS ANSON studied advertising and graphic design as an undergrad in Barcelona. She got a job in town after graduation at McCann Erickson, but quickly found herself at odds with “the stressful rhythm of the ad agencies.” So she borrowed a camera, entered and won a photo contest run by El Pais. The prize was her first camera, and the validation gave her the confidence to apply for (and win) a scholarship to study in San Francisco.