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Friday, April 27, 2012

Photographer Breaks $300,000 Artwork - NOT!!!

Yesterday we posted a story about photographer Eric Guillemain that was contracted to shoot a spread for  Art + Auction magazine. In that story I told how the owner of the piece claimed that the photographer and his crew moved a piece of art - shown below - without the owner's permission and accidentally smashed it smithereens.

Only according to the photographer, that is not what really happened....

Imagine Eric's surprise to see his name plastered on my front page claiming he did such a thing. His agent contacted me last night and wanted to know where I got my details. I sent the link to the New York Post article I read here: Click this link to read that story.

This morning, Eric and I had a conversation so that he could set the record straight. The statue did indeed get destroyed, but he and his "crew" (of only a single assistant) had nothing to do with it's destruction.

According to Eric, the magazine sent an employee with him as both a liaison with the art owner, and someone to provide direction on what they wanted for the shoot. that Magazine Employee gave Eric all the instruction on what the magazine wanted, and began to move various pieces around in an effort to provide Eric with the proper setting. None of this was done at the request of the photographer, but totally under the decision by the Magazine. Eric just took pictures as instructed.

In the course of that individual, whom Eric cannot recall the name of as it was over a year ago, moving around art pieces, this particular piece was moved to the middle of the room. Eric and his assistant were on the other side of the room changing lenses. Eric had his back to the room while he did so.

All of the sudden he hears the smashing sound of the statue hitting the floor. He turned around to see everyone staring in shock. But, Eric notes, no one was near it. As he tells the story, he said the second story floor they were standing on, seemed to wobble and vibrate with people moving around on the floor. He is guessing that when the magazine employee moved the statue, he did not account for the less than rigid surface of the second story floor they were standing on. The floor vibrated, and over goes the statue.

The main point that he wants everyone to know, he and his assistant never touched this piece or any other piece they filmed that day. Nor did he request any piece to be moved. The New York Post story, which in all fairness was reading the court filing and had never talked to the photographer, was misleading by laying false blame on the photographer.

I feel bad for Eric. This sort of thing has the potential to damage his reputation and his business.



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