Operating at the intersection of photography and the internet, Penelope Umbrico (American, b. 1957) creates art that taps into humanity’s perpetual fascination with familiar, even cliché, subjects. Her Everyone's Photos Any License, for example, takes images of the full moon posted to Flickr as its starting point.
Umbrico contacted individuals who posted their moon pictures to Flickr with a Rights Reserved license, requesting permission to include their images in this work. If a photographer denied her request, she selected replacements licensed for Creative Commons use.
As a sight common to all inhabitants of Earth, the moon is easily photographable by anyone with a decent camera, yet numerous proprietary claims to multiple similar images of it exist. This friction between public and private speaks volumes about the state of photography in the digital age—the driving force of Umbrico’s creative practice.