Plagiarism is sad to see, especially when it’s of art, and exceptionally when it’s too blatant to chalk up to “artistic inspiration”. Danwei has a story on a painting called “When I Was Young” by Li Yueliang, an artist from Zhejiang province, which was on display in Jinan at the National Games.
As it turns out, the painting is a clear copy of an earlier photograph by Hu Wugong, the chairman of the Shaanxi Province Photographers Association and a professor at the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology. Not only did Li not have the rights to reproduce the image, he never even asked: the similarity was noticed by a member of the Professional Photographers of America, who happened to see the image on display at the games.
The original Chinese posting can be found on Fengniao.Photos by Danwei