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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MACAQUE

Photographer David Slater went on a trip to Indonesia to photograph a troop of critically endangered crested black macaque monkeys. The friendly monkeys took a shine to Slater during the three days that he tracked them. When Slater left his cameras unwatched, one monkey ran up to investigate. After initially being freaked out by the shutter noises and the flashing lights, the monkey started taking photos — good ones, aside from the obligatory Facebook-angle self-portrait. After Slater reclaimed his camera and the photos wound up online, the inevitable argument over whether the monkey could claim copyright on the photos commenced. More worrying is the fact that Slater just showed his boss that even a monkey could do his job.  

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