Did Ray-Ban rip Stanley Cup “riot kissing couple” photo?

I’m a firm believer that most art, and creative ideas, have been done before, to some extent — i.e. even if one has never seen it, it’s likely something similar is floating around in this big bizarro world of ours.

That said, I can’t help but think Ray-Ban’s new ad, which features a couple kissing passionately amid a violent riot, is directly influenced by Rich Lam’s iconic “riot kissing couple” image from last year.

Lam’s photo of Scott Jones comforting his girlfriend Alexandra Thomas, who had been knocked down by riot police during the June 15, 2011, Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver, garnered international attention — as did the couple — and was named by numerous organizations as one of the top photos of the year. It’s pretty much impossible NOT to know about the image. Disclosure: Lam is a good friend, yaddy yadda.

Lam’s only gripe is that he didn’t get free shades. “I bet that photog got a pair!!!!!”


UPDATE: Tara Foslien tells me the photo is being used in a sweater ad in Italy. Yeesh.

Bonus: Lam offered some sage advice in a signed copy of the photo:

KRUMP 360 (The 360 Project)

From its creators:

“The 360 Project” is an exploration into the crossroads of photography and motion pictures. It is a study of peak dance movements, captured simultaneously by 48 cameras aligned in a circle.

There are two components to “The 360 Project” – “Ballet 360” features ballerinas from Canada’s National Ballet School, “Krump 360” features dancers from Northbuck Krump. The two styles of dance represent polemic perspectives in both technique and origin – one is beauty, the other beast.

The resulting images resemble a type of digital statue – a frozen, peak moment, embodying the essence of each dance form in 360 degrees.

For more (including Ballet 360 and behind the scenes), click here.