Fair warning, I’m sick with a nasty cold so if any of this makes no sense whatsoever blame it on the meds and cold. I’d put this one off but this one is a doozy.
Just when you think that there are no new lows for photo thieves, a new one comes down the pipes. Enter Paskal Theriault Photography, whom not only steals photographs for his website but also uses the stolen works in ads in magazines. Not just any photographers works either but Jerry Ghionis along with others. Because if you are going to steal, may as well go for the gold eh? I’m highly amused because Jerry’s work is pretty well known so the idea that he thought he’d get away with stealing his work and PUBLISHING IT is mind boggling to me.
Update 4/8/13 He appears to be trying to go into food photography now.
The full page ad in the Canadian magazine, Mairons-Nous. This is taken of the actual ad in the magazine.
Here is a screen cap of the copy of the ad in the online version of the magazine.
The first image in the bottom row belongs to Richard Huynh, http://www.albedophotography.com.au/lauren-and-guy
The third image on the bottom row is from Jerry Ghionis - http://www.jerryghionisphotography.com/
I wouldn’t be surprised if the other images are stolen as well but I cannot find their original sources.
Now onto the website…
The wedding gallery on Paskal’s website.
The first image in the wedding gallery on Paskal’s website.
Is Andi Diamond Photography’s image.
The next set of images in the wedding gallery on Paskal’s site.
The top image belongs to Sun Street Photo.
The second image is from Damian Brandon.
The next set of images from Paskal’s wedding gallery on his website.
The first image is from Scott Lewis Photography.
The second image is from Just Married Photography.
The next image in the gallery on Paskal’s website.
This image is stolen from Dustin Leader (black and white on his blog).
The last set of images on Paskal’s wedding gallery.
They are both on Whistler Photos Video page (but may have been purchased from stock, not 100% sure on this one’s source b/c they are everywhere).
Paskal’s website and facebook has been taken down and he has emailed apologies to the photographers he stole from. From the emails I have read, he does seem to be remorseful but of course, that may be because he was caught. He searched Google for images for his new business venture and used what he found for the ad and his site. He has offered money to the photographers whom he stole from for the images in the ad, so at least there is that.