A streetcar is a streetcar, right? December 25, 2010 6:46 AMSubscribe
Kelley Turgeon's painting of Toronto's iconic streetcars won a contest for the Toronto Star Emerging Artist Cover Contest. Along with $2500 in prize money for the contest winner, the winning painting was also published Friday on the front page of the newspaper. Photographer Brian Labelle noticed because he had taken an eerily similar photograph in 2007. Under his flickr username, Portraits of Toronto, Labelle posted a note to the Toronto flickr group, which resulted in Labelle contacting the Star with legal advice. The Star responded with an article highlighting the similarities, with responses from the photographer as well as the painter. In the Star follow-up, contest-winner Turgeon says, “I have a lot of respect for other artists and I would never intentionally rip off somebody else’s work."