Archive for July 2012

Columbia J-School to Offer Safety Course for Journalists

Posted by on Tuesday July 17, 2012 | Photojournalism

The continuing education program of the Columbia Journalism School in New York City will offer a 3-day safety course for journalists working in conflict zones and other high-risk areas. The course, to be held October 19 through 21, will teach journalists, including freelancers, “to think critically about how to work effectively and safely in volatile... More

Open Society Announces Photogs for 20th “Moving Walls” Exhibition

Posted by on Monday July 16, 2012 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Events, Photojournalism

Open Society Institute, the human rights non-profit founded by George Soros, has announced the photographers who will be showing work in the 20th edition of its “Moving Walls” documentary photography exhibition, which will open in 2013. The selected photographers and projects are: Katharina Hesse, on North Korean refugees who crossed the border into China Fernando... More

Photojournalist Describes Wreckage in Tremseh, Syria

Posted by on Monday July 16, 2012 | Photos In The News

Spanish photographer Daniel Leal Olivas, who reached the Syrian village of Tremseh on Friday July 13, reports that he saw what looked to be the effects of shells fired by tanks in the village. That would contradict the Syrian government’s claims that the Syrian Army did not use heavy weapons, a violation of a UN... More

ASMP Offers Model Release Forms as Free App

Posted by on Monday July 16, 2012 | Business

American Society of Media Photographers, a trade association for professional photographers, has converted its standard model and property release forms into a free downloadable app for iPhones and iPads. The app is available now through the iTunes store. As ASMP explains on its Web site, the releases use standard release language, relevant to most still... More

Civil Rights Group Demands End to Use of Same-Sex Couple Photo in Anti-Gay Ad

Posted by on Thursday July 12, 2012 | Copyright/Legal, Photos In The News

When wedding photographer Kristina Hill learned that her engagement photo of a same-sex couple had been used without her permission in a political flyer attacking same-sex marriage, she told PDN she wasn’t sure she had the resources to pursue a long legal battle. Now Hill and her clients have an ally. Southern Poverty Law Center... More

Report on Photographer Ernest Withers Details His Work for FBI

Posted by on Monday July 9, 2012 | Photojournalism

A 348-page FBI report about photographer Ernest Withers contains new details—but apparently no new bombshells–about his work as a paid FBI informant while he documented the civil rights movement in the 1960s and early 1970s. The FBI report, released under a court order, names several African American activists that Withers spied on, and details some... More

How Sean Hemmerle Photographed Drones

Posted by on Monday July 9, 2012 | Photos In The News

To accompany an article in the latest issue of The New York Times Magazine about how the Air Force trains its pilots to control unmanned drones used for deadly strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, the magazine assigned architecture and portrait photographer Sean Hemmerle to photograph the aircraft at Holloman Air Force Base, a training facility... More

Police Intimidation Watch: University of California to Pay Photog $162,500 for Wrongful Arrest

Posted by on Friday July 6, 2012 | Photojournalism

A news photographer who claimed wrongful arrest while covering a student protest in 2009 will receive a $162,500 settlement from the University of California, the San Francisco Chronicle has reported. UC Berkeley police will also receive media rights training as part of the settlement. UC Berkeley police arrested photographer David Morse at the scene of... More

Getty IPO On Hold as $4 Billion Private Equity Sale Looms

Posted by on Thursday July 5, 2012 | Business, Media

Earlier this year Getty Images, the largest stock photo agency, retained Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase to evaluate the possibility of a sale or an initial public offering (IPO). According to reports published yesterday by The Wall Street Journal and Reuters, Hellman & Friedman, the private equity firm that owns Getty, is preparing for the... More

Magnum Photos Announces 3 Nominees

Posted by on Thursday July 5, 2012 | Fine Art, Photojournalism

Members of Magnum Photos held their annual general meeting this week at the Rencontres D’Arles photo festival in France, and selected three new nominees for the photo collective. The three are varied not only in their experience but in the kind of work they do. They are: Zoe Strauss, a photographer based in Philadelphia who... More