Artist Stripped of Award After Fellow Photographer Claims He Took Picture


Hersuit | Disputed Picture

Clancy Gebler Davies had an award-winning picture withdrawn from a global present after a fellow photographer claimed her profitable entry was ineligible as a result of he had taken the image.

Gebler Davies was delighted when the British Journal of Pictures (BJP) knowledgeable her that she was the Feminine in Focus 2021 single picture winner for her self-portrait the place she is roofed in hair.

Nonetheless, photographer William Corbett claims authorship to the picture, entitled Hersuit, as a result of he pressed the button on the digicam and advised that he had made inventive selections.

Gebler Davies spoke to PetaPixel and countered that Corbett solely pressed the button when she advised him to and had “completely no editorial enter in any way.”

“He was really helpful by two male photographers pals and I defined it was a easy studio shoot of me in costume that I might be directing. He advised me he might try this,” she says.

“Simply to be crystal clear, he had no involvement within the idea, planning, or finance.

“Any declare that I used to be Corbett’s ‘mannequin’ is farcical. I set your complete HerSuit shoot up together with the place of the lighting, the tripod, and the place and the way I used to be positioned.”

Gebler Davies says that giving instruction whereas being lined in hair underneath studio lights was troublesome, however after each two or three frames she made Corbett come up and present her the photographs. She additionally says that Corbett appeared “uncomfortable” within the studio.

“It was a acutely aware choice to not use a distant shutter, and shoot it myself. It could have modified the character of the picture,” explains Gebler Davies.

“It exhibits Corbett’s whole misunderstanding of images that he can not grasp that that is my work and that it’s a self-portrait. He was a technician paid to press the shutter as a result of I couldn’t.”

Clancy Gebler Davies
Clancy Gebler Davies | Garry Salter

After being advised that she was the winner of the award, which champions ladies, the BJP phoned Gebler Davies to say that there had been a declare from one other artist who stated it wasn’t her work.

“The BJP has eliminated all reference to my award. All they are going to inform me is that Corbett has made an allegation that it’s his work, not mine,” she says.

“The BJP requested an in depth account of the shoot which I gave them, full with statements from different individuals working for me that day and within the studio on the time.”

The Feminine in Focus award goals to allow individuals who determine as ladies photographers to “personal their very own tales,” however Gebler Davies says: “They’ve completed the other to me.”

“At one level the BJP awards supervisor even requested if Corbett recognized as feminine — as she stated that may have solved the issue.”

PetaPixel spoke with the BJP nevertheless it refuses to remark publicly on the matter.


PetaPixel additionally spoke to Corbett who says that Gebler Davies employed him as a photographer and argues that she ought to by no means have submitted the work to a images contest.

“Clancy’s model of it’s full fantasy. It was a prestigious feminine award they might by no means have taken it off her for a male,” he says.

“She was wrapped within the hair for eight hours. She didn’t select the lens, digicam, ISO, or shutter velocity. She didn’t make any of the inventive selections. She’s made a whole idiot of herself,” he continues.

“I’ve been a photographer for practically 40 years, the concept she employed me as an assistant is laughable. I used to do hair stuff for the entire prime stylists,” he provides.

“It was two years in the past, if she’s nonetheless attempting to grind the axe. She’s deluded.”


Your complete sorry episode has left Gebler Davies devastated and disenchanted with images, significantly after she was topic to trolling on-line.

“It’s very simple for individuals to inform me to neglect about it and transfer on. That’s exhausting when HerSuit is such an vital a part of my work and when a lot of the net abuse has been so private,” she says.

“Profitable in Feminine in Focus within the Single Picture class ought to have been a significant second in my profession — one thing I might construct on. It has been pivotal — however for all of the flawed causes.

“My work may be very distinctive and he’s completed nothing remotely prefer it however his phrase trump’s my proof, apparently.”

Copyright Legislation

An mental property lawyer spoke to The Instances concerning the case, who says that the rights of authorship relied on whether or not Corbett had vital inventive enter.

For instance, Damien Hirst is thought to be the only real writer of work that had been executed by his studio assistants as a result of he was the “inventive genius” behind the idea.

Hersuit was imagined to be exhibited by the BJP in Miami however was excluded from it. The {photograph} appeared on the Royal Academy’s Summer season Exhibition in 2018 the place it was handpicked by artist Grayson Perry.

Extra of Gebler Davies’s work may be discovered on her Instagram.