Archive for December 2012

David LaChapelle Sues Former Manager

Posted by on Friday December 28, 2012 | Fine Art

Photographer David LaChapelle has sued his former manager, alleging he is owed $2.8 million for sales of his photographs and $755,000 for personal loans, the New York Post has reported. LaChapelle filed the claim against Fred Torres, whom he hired in 2005 “under a handshake agreement” to arrange exhibitions, provide career advice, and manage LaChapelle’s... More

Bowing to Pressure from Users, Instagram Retracts New Terms of Use

Posted by on Friday December 21, 2012 | Business, Copyright/Legal, Social Media/Web

Under a continuing barrage of negative feedback, account cancellations, and defections by its users to other photo sharing services, Instagram has withdrawn the most controversial changes to its terms of service agreement. The about-face means that Instagram will not assume the legal right to license users’ photos to third parties without permission. “Because of the... More

Now That We Know Instagram Isn’t a Charity, What Would You Be Willing to Pay?

Posted by on Wednesday December 19, 2012 | Business, Copyright/Legal, Social Media/Web

In the wake of a hue and cry over Instagram‘s proposed changes to its terms of service, the company has announced it will remove language that would have given Instagram rights to use photos in advertisements. Yet the protests continue, with some high profile users suspending their use of the service or shutting down their... More

Ilford Fortifies B&W Film Business With Investment In Cassette Manufacturing

Posted by on Tuesday December 18, 2012 | Uncategorized

Harman technology, LTD, the company that owns Ilford Photo, has invested more than £350K (568,645 US Dollars) in creating its own 35mm film cassette manufacturing facility, the company announced today. Maintaining a reliable supply of cassettes from external suppliers has been “problematic,” the company said in its announcement. “This is just another example of our... More

Stanley Greene Wins 2013 Aftermath Grant

Posted by on Friday December 14, 2012 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Photojournalism

Stanley Greene has won the 2013 Aftermath Grant for his proposal to create a new project, “The Rise of Islam in the Caucasus,” The Aftermath Project organization announced today. The Aftermath Grant, worth $20,000 in 2013, supports photographers whose work addresses the legacy of conflict. In making the announcement, The Aftermath Project noted that Greene... More

Open Society Announces 2012 Audience Engagement Grant Winners

Posted by on Friday December 14, 2012 | Uncategorized

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) has announced the winners of its 2012 Audience Engagement Grants. The annual grants, which vary in dollar amounts, support documentary projects that propose to go beyond using photography to raise awareness of issues, and “take a more direct role in making change happen.” Each photographer partners with an organization to... More

Obituary: Photographer Chayo Mata, 50

Posted by on Wednesday December 12, 2012 | Fashion, Obituary

Beauty and fashion photographer Chayo Mata, whose clients included All You, In Style, Lucky, Natori and Neiman Marcus, died November 27 in New York. She was 50. The cause of death was breast cancer, according to her longtime companion and business partner, Mauricio Soto. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Mata first learned photography from her... More

A Stock Agency is Actually Raising Its Royalty Rates. Why?

Posted by on Monday December 10, 2012 | Business

London-based stock photo distributor Image Source has announced that it will pay a higher royalty rate–60 percent, compared to its usual 40 or 50 percent–for all images it accepts from its US contributors from now through December 31, 2013. Could the pendulum in the moribund business of stock photography be swinging back, more than a... More

Sipa Wins Reprieve to Find New Owner

Posted by on Friday December 7, 2012 | Business, Photojournalism

A French court has decided to put Sipa Press under bankruptcy protection while the photo agency searches for a new owner, according to a report today in Le Journal de la Photographie. Sipa Press, which was founded in 1973 and has been the French distributor for AP, Rex Features and other international agencies, faced the... More

Call for Entries: European Publishers Award for Photography

Posted by on Thursday December 6, 2012 | Awards/Contests/Grants

The five publishers responsible for the European Publisher’s Award for Photography are now accepting submissions for their 2013 competition. The award, which gives one photographer the opportunity to publish a book with publishers in France, Spain, Great Britain, Germany and Italy, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013. Past winners include Bruce Gilden, Simon Norfolk, Paolo... More