Property, White House, John F. Kennedy 2019
Paolo Cirio

Digital C-Print

28 x 38,5 x 3 cm

With the series Property, White House, Cirio found historical photographs of U.S. presidents in the public domain that Getty Images Inc. licenses and sells on their platform. This series questions the use, trading, and ownership of photo archives through utilizing direct evidence of Getty’s deceptive marketing of public domain images. Cirio appropriated photographs of nine U.S. presidents from the White House Archive, the Library of Congress, and the National U.S. Archives, and then compared them with the identical photos marketed by Getty. The final presentation of physical photographic replicas are illustrated with the original captions, indication of the source, and conceptual reframing.

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