Archive for March 2014

World Press Photo Multimedia 2014 Honors New York Times, National Film Board of Canada, Marco Casino

Posted by on Monday March 24, 2014 | Uncategorized

The National Film Board of Canada and The New York Times share first prize for Interactive Documentary in the World Press Photo 2014 Multimedia contest for their collaborative multimedia piece, “A Short History of the Highrise.” The World Press Multimedia awards, now in their fourth year, honor documentary work in three categories: interactive documentaries, short... More

Former Hallmark Institute Owner Pleads Guilty of Fraud, Tax Evasion

Posted by on Thursday March 20, 2014 | Business

George J. Rosa III, the former owner of the Hallmark Institute of Photography, the photography school in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, pled guilty March 11 to charges of bank fraud and tax evasion, according to a report by Springfield, Massachusetts, TV station WWLP. Rosa stood accused of diverting $2.6 million in school funds for his own... More

Appeals Court Says Streamlined Photo Copyright Registration Procedures Are Legal

Posted by on Thursday March 20, 2014 | Copyright/Legal

A federal appeals court has re-instated stock photo agency Alaska Stock’s copyright infringement claim against textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin, reversing  a lower court decision to dismiss the case on the grounds that the stock agency had registered its images improperly. The decision means that Alaska Stock now gets the opportunity to try its copyright claims... More

Richard Prince Settles with Photographer Patrick Cariou

Posted by on Wednesday March 19, 2014 | Copyright/Legal, Fine Art

Artist Richard Prince has paid an undisclosed sum of money to photographer Patrick Cariou to tie up the loose ends of their five-year copyright battle, The New York Times has reported. Prince previously won an appeals court decision in 2013 dismissing most of Cariou’s copyright infringement claims. Cariou had alleged infringement of 30 images from... More

Photographers Could Get Royalties on Auction Sales Under Proposed Federal Bill

Posted by on Monday March 17, 2014 | Business, Copyright/Legal, Fine Art

Few things are as frustrating to photographers as selling a print for a few thousand dollars–or less–then watching collectors reap huge profits by re-selling those same prints at auction years later for tens of thousands of dollars–or even more. Two US Senators and a US Congressional representative have introduced a bill to cut visual artists... More

Chloe Dewe Mathews Named 2014 Gardner Fellow By Harvard’s Peabody Museum

Posted by on Thursday March 13, 2014 | Awards/Contests/Grants

British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews was named the 2014 Robert Gardner Photography Fellow by Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the museum announced earlier this week. The documentary photography fellowship provides a stipend of $50,000 to a photographer to work anywhere in the world on a book project about “the human condition.” During her... More

Calumet Photographic to Liquidate, Closes US Stores

Posted by on Thursday March 13, 2014 | Business

Calumet Photographic, the 75-year-old camera supply and rental company, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the Chicago Tribune reports. This morning, Calumet announced on its Facebook page that it had closed all its stores in the US, though its stores in Europe remain in business.  Calls to Calumet stores in New York, Chicago and Los... More

Model Release Lawsuit Survives Getty’s Challenge

Posted by on Wednesday March 12, 2014 | Uncategorized

A New York state judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit by a model who is accusing Getty Images of commercial use of her likeness without a model release. State supreme court judge Ancil C. Singh rejected last week a request from Getty to throw out model Avril Nolan’s claim on First Amendment and... More

Commercial Drones Are Legal, Federal Court Says

Posted by on Monday March 10, 2014 | Business

A federal administrative court judge has determined that drones–aka unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs–can be used for commercial purposes because the Federal Aviation Administration has no regulations on the books that prohibit such uses. Vice.com reported that the judge made the ruling last week in a case involving a photographer who had appealed a $10,000... More

Eddie Adams Workshop, Smith Grant, Other Grants Accepting Applications

Posted by on Friday March 7, 2014 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Fine Art, Photojournalism

Earlier this week The Eddie Adams Workshop began accepting applications for its tuition-free, four-day photojournalism workshop in upstate New York. The Eddie Adams Workshop brings together top photography professionals and 100 students each year, and its alumni include many of the top photojournalists working today. Applications for the 2014 Workshop will be accepted through May... More