So MDM wrote about this on his site. Interestingly, two people involved with the project responded in the comments section by basically dismissing the whole idea of giving proper credit as mere academic issues. If you're interested in these sorts of issues, take the time to read how they dodge the issue and ultimately tell Murphy, in a nice way, that they don't really care about the issue that he brought up. Both comments insinuate the idea that giving proper credit would somehow get in the way of the creative spirit of the project (or something like that), which is one of the lamest excuses for plagiarism I have heard in a while.
I’m all for the free and open Web, but when you freely copy text from websites, and use that content in a published book for sale, it seems uncool (at best) to not cite your references, and illegal (at worst). The quotes used in the book have the appearance of being created in direct interviews that Howarth and McLaren conducted with the included photographers, and that’s just not true — they copied-and-pasted passages off the Web and failed to cite their sources.
I’m sure there’s some “explanation”, right? How many other sources are quoted and not cited?
In these days of copyright grabs, when photographers are the first and loudest to rightfully declare theirs as theirs, it’s interesting that in a book about photographers, the accompanying text isn’t treated with the same care.
I completely agree. Too bad the people behind this book--which actually looks pretty cool--didn't take the time to do things right.
*Apologies for interrupting the creative flow by referring to the person who actually wrote the words that I quoted. I know, I know! The whole zen of this post has been thrown off by these terribly restrictive academic conventions.