Archive for January 2012

In Bankruptcy, Photo Archive Cuts Deal with Marilyn Monroe Estate

Posted by on Tuesday January 31, 2012 | Business, Celebrity

Sinking under legal bills, the Shaw Family Archives [SFA] has tentatively agreed to a 5-year, $3 million licensing deal with its arch-enemy–the estate of Marilyn Monroe–to pull itself out of bankruptcy. The deal would give the Monroe estate control over commercial licensing of hundreds of Monroe images shot by the late photographer Sam Shaw, and... More

BD Hope For a Healthy World Photo Competition

Posted by on Monday January 30, 2012 | Uncategorized

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Swedish Journalists Endure Inhumane Conditions in Ethiopian Jail

Posted by on Monday January 30, 2012 | Photojournalism

The Swedish photographer and reporter sentenced to 11-year jail terms in Ethiopia  last month are serving “in a a violent, disease-ridden place” where the inmates fight and sometimes cough up blood, according to a noted New York Times columnist. The columnist, Nicholas D. Kristof, wrote about the plight of the two journalists over the weekend... More

Greenfield Wins Sundance Director Prize

Posted by on Monday January 30, 2012 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Lauren Greenfield won the prize for best director of a US documentary at the Sundance Film Festival for her film, “The Queen of Versailles.” The prize was announced January 28 at the end of the festival for independent films. Greenfield, a photographer and director whose previous documentaries include “Thin,” an HBO film on anorexia, was... More

Photogs Hold Fundraiser for Art Buyer Heather Morton Feb. 5

Posted by on Thursday January 26, 2012 | Events

Andrew Hetherington, Andy Anderson, Chris Buck, Mark Zibert, George Simhoni and Derek Shapton are among the more than 40 photographers who have contributed to the silent print auction to be held February 5 to raise money for Heather Morton, the freelance art buyer and popular blogger. In the fall, Morton began two years of chemotherapy... More

Who’s Shooting What: Nigel Parry, Peter Lindbergh Shoot New Campaigns

Posted by on Wednesday January 25, 2012 | Celebrity, Fun

In the latest installment of PDN’s Who’s Shooting What column, we feature Nigel Parry’s work for the MSNBC “Lean Forward” print campaign,  Peter Lindbergh’s work with actress Gwyneth Paltrow for the Coach spring/summer 2012 campaign, a nude by Emily Shur for an advocacy campaign, plus a lot of other assignment work by photographers from all... More

PDN Video Pick: Moby Writes a Song

Posted by on Tuesday January 24, 2012 | PDN Video Picks

This video by NPR was honored in the video category of the 2011 PDN Photo Annual. NPR Music’s Project Song challenges musicians to write and record a song in just two days, then records the results. David Gilkey, John Poole, Bob Boilen and Neil Tevault produced the video. Moby and collaborator Kelli Scarr finished writing... More

Comparing Notes, Photographers Turn on Retna

Posted by on Tuesday January 24, 2012 | Business, Celebrity

An apparent administrative slip-up has stirred an uprising at music and celebrity photo agency Retna, with photographers complaining that the agency is failing to report sales, pay royalties, or respond to calls and e-mails from frustrated contributors. Retna’s CEO acknowledges the problems, but blames them on his predecessors, and has told contributors he is correcting... More

Annie Leibovitz, On the Trail of Bygone Celebrities

Posted by on Friday January 20, 2012 | Celebrity, Fun

New work by Annie Leibovitz goes on exhibit today at the American Art Museum in Washington, DC., and it’s only distantly related to the celebrity portraiture she’s so famous for:  Leibovitz has turned her camera on the personal effects and ephemera of celebrities from bygone eras, especially notable women. The exhibition, called “Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage,”... More