What’s With the Watermarks?
So, I have gotten a few complaints about the watermarks on the images, and here is why I have chosen to do this.
When I launched the Ann Dvorak site in November 2002, none of the photos were watermarked. I was a little irked when the images started being lifted and used on other sites without giving www.anndvorak.com credit, but it really was not that big of a deal. When my photos started showing up on ebay as cheap copies, I became really irritated. At that point I started placing small gray text across the photos, but apparently this is something that is easy to Photoshop out.
Why does this bother me so much? Mainly, because I am a collector. Anyone who is a collector, or is acquainted with one, knows how insanely possessive we can be when it comes to our collections. I have known many collectors over the years who keep their goods locked away and share them with NO ONE, and have heard tales of individuals wanting their possessions buried with them or burned when they die. While I am not that extreme (and hope I never will be), I still possess the uncontrollable collector gene.
All of the images on this site are from my personal collection and while I have had a great time scouring the world looking for them, it has taken a lot of time and money. I was more than happy to spend the many, many hours scanning everything and putting the site together as an Ann Dvorak reference source, but the collector in me draws the line at the images being sold or used without credit.
If anyone wants a scan without a watermark for personal use, I am more than happy to oblige (though please don’t ask for more than a couple, as I have to re-scan most of them). My only request is that if anything is used on a website/blog, credit be given to this site. Perhaps there are alternative methods to limit duplication of the images, but since there are at least 600 items on the site, the watermark was the easiest thing for me to do at this time.
I have chosen to share my Ann Dvorak collection with anyone who has Internet access and I hope you can understand my decision to have some control over the use of the images. And no, I am not going to be buried with the collection or have it burned when I am gone.
Thanks for your understanding.