Be Careful How You Use Stock Imagery on Social Media
An acclaimed and popular photographer on Instagram has been caught posting stock imagery without attribution. Daryl Aiden Yow is an Insta-star from Singapore who has 104,000+ followers and, in the wake of the controversy, has issued an apology.
Yow has parlayed his Instagram popularity into work for big brands like Sony. Now his future as an Influencer is in doubt after the website Mothership published dozens of examples of his work being traced back to Shutterstock and other stock sites. The shots’ color and composition had been altered but the captions lead the viewer to assume the images belong to Yow.
"I was wrong to have claimed that stock images and other people's work were my own", Yow said in his apology post. "Having marketed myself as a photographer, I fell far short of what was expected of me and disappointed those who believed - or wanted to believe - in me."