Photog Teru Kuwayama Goes to Work at Facebook as Photo Community Liaison

Photographer Teru Kuwayama has been hired by Facebook to work as “lead photographer” and liaison between the social media site and the photo community, “advising both sides,” he says. He will also be working closely with Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.

“For me, the most important aspect of my role is that I’m the internal advocate for photographers,” he told PDN.  “I’m here to make sure that the interests of photographers are represented in everything from feature development on the technical side to the terms of service on the legal side.  So, my job is to make Facebook work for photographers, and to help photographers make the best use of the Facebook.”

The social media platform has been criticized by photo trade groups for its terms of service, which allow companies to re-use users’ content without permission or compensation.

Kuwayama, a PDN‘s 30 photographer in 2000, is the co-founder of Lightstalkers.org, the online forum for photojournalists. In 2010 he launched Basetrack, a project that used social media sites, including Facebook, to share information about a battalion of Marines deployed to Afghanistan with whom Kuwayama and other photographers were embedded. Basetrack was funded with a Knight Foundation News Challenge grant.

Kuwayama told PDN, “I’m inventing the position as we speak.”

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16 Responses to “Photog Teru Kuwayama Goes to Work at Facebook as Photo Community Liaison”

  1. James Jesson Says:

    Very happy to see that this sort of liaison position is being created! Someone needs to sift through the ambiguity!

  2. Margaret Waage Says:

    Good news for photographers!

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  4. Jonathan Worth (@Jonathan_Worth) Says:

    Great appointment – awesome news for photographers – this is just fantastic news.

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  11. Patrick Downs Says:

    Comment from Photojournalists’ Cooperative on Facebook:

    Dear Mr. Liaison,

    Since you are working on our behalf, how about:

    1. Allow us to disable the Download button on our images;
    2. Allow us to disable the Share button on our images;
    3. Prevent “right click” copying of our images;
    4. Stop stripping EXIF, rights management and other metadata from our images.

    Let us know when you’ve taken care of this. I’m sure we have some other concerns.

  12. Patrick Downs Says:

    From NY media attorney Robert Roth, the above wishlist:

    Since you are working on our behalf, how about:

    1. Allow us to disable the Download button on our images;
    2. Allow us to disable the Share button on our images;
    3. Prevent “right click” copying of our images;
    4. Stop stripping EXIF, rights management and other metadata from our images.

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  14. Tony Novak-Clifford Says:

    Dear Mr. Kuwayama,

    Welcome aboard. As mentioned previously above, allow me to reiterate… stop the stripping of EXIF, rights management, attribution and other embedded data from uploaded images.

    Once that happens, I will start to take you and your new position seriously.

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