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This article was published on March 2, 2015

Meet the photographer whose picture of Jack Dorsey was stolen by ISIS

Meet the photographer whose picture of Jack Dorsey was stolen by ISIS
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Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

We wrote earlier today about ISIS sending death threats to Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Now we know where they stole the image in their blog post from.

https://twitter.com/kevinabosch/status/572408617397301248

It’s by Kevin Abosch, one of the world’s most respected visual artists, who took the photo at the DLD Conference in Munich back in 2012, as part of his Faces: Tech series.

I got in touch with him to find out his thoughts on seeing his work appropriated by the terror group. He told me:

“As far as I know it’s the first time a terrorist organization has used one of my images. I think it would be in bad taste to suggest that ISIS has good taste in photography, so I won’t. Perhaps they don’t understand the concept of copyright.”

Not only is Abosch an internationally renowned portrait photographer, he’s also an entrepreneur. We’ve previously written about his OneOne secure messaging service and popular photography apps Lenka and Kimiko.

If you’re looking to take your own photos and not steal them, those apps aren’t a bad place to start.

Image credit: Kevin Abosch

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