Street art by unknown artist
Why take a photo of someone else’s artwork? Because of context really. I think the context transforms this into something more than just a plain derivative.
This photograph is a copy of someone else’s street art. The street art is a copy of Diane Arbus’ famous photograph. Diane Arbus’ famous photograph is a "copy" of a living breathing boy. Only the boy is real… all the artwork that his minute facial expression has inspired were just copies and copies of copies…
To me – the wooden fence is also a copy. It’s a copy of the brick wall behind it. There is no real purpose for the wooden fence to exist, but it’s there. Which in my opinion ties this whole thing together…
This is certainly a very subjective way of seeing this. You might see something completely different or nothing at all.
The signature on the fence to my knowledge is neither related to the boy, nor to Diane Arbus’ original photograph, nor the street art, nor this photograph.