The innocent face you see on a huge billboard in SOHO belongs to Anissa Fraser, she is 6 years old. “I would never endorse something like that,” says Tricia Fraser, Anissa’s mother. “Especially with my child’s image.” The child image was purchased from a licensed stock photography agency probably for pennies on the dollar. What most folks don’t realize is when they step in front of an photographer lens for free, industry term “TFCD” for photographs used to build the photographer and the models portfolio. The photographer can used the images any way they choose. Once a model released is signed by the model or representative for the model; the photographer can use the images for the sole purpose of marketing, promoting and representing any type of commercial brands. In all fairness to the stock photography agency that probably sell millions of stock photographs every. I am sure the stock agency did not expect to be mixed up in the anti-abortion controversial conversation? What is extremely disturbing about this campaign is the photograph of the African American child is being promoted under the guise of “Black History Month” by an African American man to disparage African American women.
Two years ago, Fraser signed up with a modeling agency to have all four of her children photographed.
“I know what I went into that shoot for,” Fraser says. “And that’s not what I agreed to. I want them to take it down.”
When she signed a release form, Fraser knew the photos could be sold as stock images but never thought her daughter would become the face of a pro-life campaign focusing on African Americans.
“This is not targeting black women. This is targeting the practice and saying to black women is you find yourself in this crisis of an unexpected, unintended pregnancy,” says Rev. Michael Faulkner, of the New Horizon Church in Harlem. “There are alternatives to death.”
When Fox 5 asked about Fraser’s demands, the organization said: “The image was properly licensed through a reputable stock image service. We’ll be looking into the origin of the image and are certainly open to talking to the family directly if they have any concerns.”