Bryan & Graffiti Photographic have the philosophy that art is meant to be seen and not hoarded. Our licensing policies are thus designed to balance the costs that go into creating and sharing our images with the desire to provide inspiration through our images on the internet and around the world.

Graffiti Photographic allows use of Bryan’s images in two ways:

Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. Others can download and redistribute your work just like the by-nc-nd license, but they can also translate, make remixes, and produce new stories based on your work. All new work based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also be non-commercial in nature.


With Creative Commons you are free:

To Share: Copy, Distribute, and Transmit the image
To Remix: Create Derivative works of the image

Under these conditions:

Attribution: Attribution to Bryan Thompson and Graffiti Photographic must be made along with the image.
Non-Commercial: The image must not be used for commercial purposes under any circumstances. For clarity on what defines commercial use, please see the Sample Accepted Uses below.

Sample Accepted Use of the Creative Commons License:

Blog Post explaining a modeling pose or processing technique that was used
Online article discussing the growing popularity of a specific genre of photography
A website for a school project about the use of light in art
An individual using an image as a desktop background for the computer monitor

License to Copyright

‘Commercial Use’ regarding the use of images online or offline is defined very broadly. The determination of commercial or non-commercial use is based on the contextual use of the image. The determination is NOT based on the tax-filing status of the entity using the image nor on whether or not a financial transaction takes place.

Commercial use of our images is allowed only if expressly granted by Graffiti Photographic. All commercial uses will incur a licensing fee. Our fees are based on the following criteria:

Media – print, web, television, etc.
Distribution Size – number of copies printed, viewing audience size, exposure (regional, national, international)
Length of Use – 1 year, 2 years, etc.
Prominence of Display – 1/4 page, 1/2 page, full page, spread, front cover, back cover, home page (online), interior page (online), etc.

All licensing inquiries should be sent to: [email protected]
Sample Use Requiring a License to Copyright:

A marketing campaign for a commercial entity
A fund-raising campaign for a not-for profit entity
A background image for a website about furniture
License to create an individual print for use in a private home

None of this applies to work commissioned and paid for by a client directly, for all Client directed work either Graffiti Photographic or the Client will retain copyright. No unauthorized us is permitted. All Client work will be clearly labeled.

This approach to licensing was inspired by Trey Ratcliff and Stuck in Customs. I admire his work, and the way he has approached this issue. I think I am finally at peace with how I will allow people to use my images. Thanks Trey!