A portrait photographer based in New York has revealed how an anonymous email brought to light that his work was being stolen and used by a man claiming to be “Ireland’s most loved wedding photographer.” And that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Brad Trent says that having a lot of free time while being quarantined, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Using reverse-image searching tools, he was adamant he’d work out how photographer Darragh Muldoon, who hails from Ireland and boasts the "most-loved" title on his website, came to feel it was OK to use other people's work in his own portfolio.
Following a link contained in the anonymous email, Trent found himself on the Corporate section of Muldoon’s portfolio. The page very clearly displayed an image of William B. Chandler III, a federal judge in Delaware, which Trent himself had taken back in 2011. And that’s not all: alongside Trent’s own work, he spotted several pictures belonging to a friend of his, Jason Grow.
After more digging, Trent discovered work by fellow New York photographer Matt Greenslade, as well as London photographers Brian Lloyd Duckett and David Locke. But for one photographer, it gets worse.
Trent found out that Muldoon had ripped off an entire gallery of newborn portrait work by Irish photographer Jennifer McCarthy.
Good samaritan Trent took the time to contact each of the photographers to let them know what was going on.
Upon contacting Trent, he told us he’d now had some correspondence with Muldoon, who claimed the site was simply a test:
He presented his story that he had just put up a test ‘marketing’ site, but the fact that he registered the domain years earlier and the site was live for a long time doesn’t back up his claim.
McCarthy is the only one of the six who has received any kind of apology from Muldoon, which you can read below.
Muldoon’s cooperation with her is most likely explained because they both live in Ireland, meaning it’s much easier for McCarthy to take legal action.
Trent originally wrote about his experience for PetaPixel. All screenshots used with permission.