The New York Times produced this video profile of Texas courtroom sketch artist Gary Myrick.
The survival of the profession depends on the prohibition of cameras in the courtroom. As cameras get less obtrusive, those prohibitions are eroding.
|Defense witness in the Cullen Davis Trial, 1977. Art by Gary Myrick|
With the gradual disappearance of courtroom art, something else is lost. "Illustration is storytelling," Myrick says. "The difference between a camera in the courtroom and an artist might be the difference between just a cold, dry factual transcript, as opposed to a novel."
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