Archive for September 2015

Lauren Dukoff on Production Skills and Creative Experimentation as Keys to Success

Posted by on Wednesday September 30, 2015 | Business, Fashion

Long before Lauren Dukoff, the subject of the cover story in PDN‘s September issue, started shooting fashion stories for Vogue Japan, she had known for her music photography and portraits. She captured intimate, often candid images for Rolling Stone and Spin, shot the art for Adele’s album 21, and in 2009 published her book Family,... More

Study: Average Photojournalist Male, Self-Employed, Earning Less Than $30K

Posted by on Wednesday September 23, 2015 | Photojournalism

A new study released by Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in association with World Press Photo offers a conflicting view of the lives of today’s photojournalists. On the one hand, the majority of the 1,556 photographers who participated in the survey are making $40,000 or less, and are concerned that risks... More

Storehouse 2.0 Revamps Storytelling App Leaving Social Media Behind

Posted by on Wednesday September 23, 2015 | Social Media/Web

Instagram isn’t the only photo app getting a facelift. Storehouse just released version 2.0, ushering in a major redesign for the storytelling-focused app. One big change is the removal of social media features. Storehouse has purged followers, likes and timelines from its features. Instead, the app’s story creation tools have been expanded with the purpose... More

Selfie Copyright Battle: Monkey See, Monkey Sue

Posted by on Wednesday September 23, 2015 | Copyright/Legal, Fun

An animal rights group has filed a copyright ownership claim in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of a monkey that used British photographer David Slater’s camera to shoot a selfie, according to an Agence-France Press report yesterday. Naruto, the six-year-old macaque, grabbed Slater’s unattended camera in 2011 and took at least two selfies.... More

$10K Lange–Taylor Prize Goes to Michel Huneault for Project About Oil Train Disaster

Posted by on Monday September 21, 2015 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Canadian photographer Michel Huneault has won the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize from The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, CDS announced today. Huneault was recognized with the $10,000 award for his project documenting the aftermath of an oil train derailment and explosion that killed 47 people in the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.... More

Can Software Judge the Esthetic Merits of a Photograph?

Posted by on Monday September 21, 2015 | Uncategorized

The past year has seen a big spike in automatic photo-tagging, with Lightroom, Flickr and EyeFi all rolling out software that scans images and applies tags based on the image’s contents. Even though auto-tagging has had its share of missteps, EyeEm has an even more ambitious agenda. Its software not only scans and tags images... More

Artist Turns Condemned Building into a Disposable Camera

Posted by on Thursday September 17, 2015 | Camera, Fine Art, Video

There are camera hacks and then there’s Vancouver artist Joel Nicholas Peterson’s camera hack. For a project titled Blueprints for Observation, Peterson turned a condemned building into a huge camera obscura. Here, in Peterson’s words, is how he did it: “I made holes through the walls peering outside from within dark rooms facing north, south,... More

Marcus Smith on Navigating the Photography Business as an African-American

Posted by on Friday September 11, 2015 | Business

Women have “made huge headway” toward equality with white men in the photo industry, photojournalist Maggie Steber says in an interview in the September issue of PDN. “Now we have to make sure minorities are making more headway.” For minorities, she explained, there’s still “a lot of benign racism.” Marcus Smith, a successful advertising photographer,... More

Getty and Instagram Announce Winners of $10K Grants For Underreported Stories

Posted by on Thursday September 10, 2015 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Getty Images, in partnership with Instagram, have announced three winners of the first annual Getty Images Instagram Grant, which recognizes photographers who’ve used the social media platform to tell underreported stories around the world. The winners, all of whom are experienced professional photographers, have documented communities in Bangladesh, Latin America and Russia. They will each... More