Archive for February 2013

Another Copyright Infringement Ends In Charity Donation, Good PR For Infringer

Posted by on Thursday February 28, 2013 | Business, Copyright/Legal, Social Media/Web

For the second time in a week a photographer has settled a copyright dispute by getting the infringing corporation to make a donation to charity. Yesterday So Delicious, a maker of dairy-free foods, agreed to make a $10,000 donation to an animal shelter as a mea culpa for using one of photographer Theron Humphrey’s images... More

POYi Punts on Pellegrin Controversy

Posted by on Wednesday February 27, 2013 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Photo Manipulation, Photojournalism

Pictures of the Year International organizers have finally weighed in on the controversy surrounding Paolo Pellegrin’s prize-winning contest entry. And they dodged the issue that is central to the debate: the legitimacy of one particular documentary-like image of a subject posing with a gun in a parking garage–at Pellegrin’s request. (The subject told PDN that... More

Celebrating International Polar Bear Day With a Look at Conservation Photography

Posted by on Wednesday February 27, 2013 | Uncategorized

Today the conservation organization Polar Bears International is celebrating International Polar Bear Day, a day of action and awareness that encourages people to think about their carbon footprint and the steps they can take to reduce their impact on climate change and the loss of arctic ice. In honor of International Polar Bear Day we... More

Quincy Jones Settles Copyright Claim with Photographer

Posted by on Wednesday February 27, 2013 | Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

Music producer Quincy Jones and photographer Michael Donald Jones (aka Mike Jones Photography) have settled their dispute over the photographer’s claim of copyright infringement. Terms of the settlement were not announced. Mike Jones filed suit last year in a federal court in Los Angeles, alleging that Quincy Jones  provided a portrait without permission for use... More

World Press Hits Pellegrin with Wet Noodle (And Other Contest Scandals)

Posted by on Tuesday February 26, 2013 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Photojournalism

Last week, debate erupted over an image Paolo Pellegrin had entered as part of a portfolio that won prizes at both the World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International competitions. He had apparently cribbed his captions from the New York Times, misidentified the subject of the photo in question, and while he didn’t... More

DKNY Atones for Unauthorized Usage by Donating $25K to Photog’s Community YMCA

Posted by on Monday February 25, 2013 | Business, Copyright/Legal, Fashion, Uncategorized

  When DKNY used several photographs by Brooklyn, New York-based street photographer Brandon Stanton in a display window without permission, Stanton took to social media to get the word out and ask the clothing company to donate to a local YMCA in his community, the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. The multinational clothing company responded by... More

Paolo Pellegrin and His Subject At Odds Over Photograph

Posted by on Friday February 22, 2013 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Photojournalism

© Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos In response to allegations that he staged a photograph and plagiarized captions for his prize-winning story about the underside of Rochester, New York, Paolo Pellegrin has defended the work in a statement distributed by Magnum, his agency. The full text of the statement is below. On the BagNews Notes blog, Pellegrin... More

Is It More Dangerous than Ever to Be a Female War Reporter?

Posted by on Thursday February 21, 2013 | Photojournalism

In an interview with the Atlantic, author and former Reuters correspondent Anne Sebba makes several points about women war reporters that current female conflict journalists find insulting. Sebba, who is the author of a history of women reporters called Battling for News, told the Atlantic’s Emily Chertoff: “A lot of these conflicts are now in Muslim countries,... More