Disclosure: From mid spring through the fall, photography takes up the bulk of my time and ultimately provides 75 to 80 percent of my annual income. I’ve been a professional photographer for ten years now.
Given my métier, I have pretty strong feelings about people who market themselves as photographers but are so devoid of clients, chops, and originality that they are reduced to passing off the work of others as their own. I know: You wouldn’t think such pitiful miscreants exist in the age of Google Image Search and Tin Eye (’cause chances are, they’ll be found out!), but it’s true: there are hundreds, possibly thousands of fauxtographers out there who think nothing of stealing the work of more successful colleagues. These plunderers post the images online and falsely claim ownership to try and book jobs.