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Photojournalist Imprisoned in Turkey Begins Hunger Strike

Posted by on Wednesday May 24, 2017 | Photojournalism

Photographer Mathias Depardon, who was arrested and detained by Turkish police on May 8, has begun a hunger strike to protest his detention, Reuters and other news outlets report. Depardon, a French citizen based in Istanbul, was arrested while on assignment for National Geographic photographing in the town of Hasankeyf. An order for Depardon’s deportation... More

Peterson, Bracken, Streiber Win Special Prizes in PDN Photo Annual

Posted by on Tuesday May 2, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

© Mark Peterson. From Political Theatre.

Mark Peterson has won the first Photographer of the Year award, which honors a photographer in the PDN Photo Annual who has produced an outstanding body that reflects the year in photography. Peterson won the $10,000 prize for his book Political Theatre (published by Steidl). Honored in the Photo Books category of the Photo Annual,... More

Benson, Calle, Aperture Honored at 33rd Annual ICP Infinity Awards

Posted by on Tuesday April 25, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

In accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Center of Photography Infinity Awards, celebrity photographer Harry Benson thanked not only the photo editors and colleagues who had supported him throughout his more than 50-year photojournalism career. He also thanked everyone “who didn’t help me, because they’re the ones you want to show.” The 33rd... More

12 Photographers Win 2017 Guggenheim Fellowships

Posted by on Friday April 7, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Mary F. Calvert, Maggie Steber and Zoe Strauss are among the 12 photographers who have been named Guggenheim Fellows for 2017, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced on April 7. The Fellowships provide grants of undisclosed amounts to support projects by artists, scholars, scientists and writers. This year’s Fellows in the category of photography... More

Photog Jana Romanova Sues VICE for Copyright Infringement: Again.

Posted by on Friday March 31, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

An image by Romanova on the VICE website Motherboard.
An image by Romanova on the VICE website Motherboard.

For the second time in two months, Jana Romanova is suing VICE Media for the unauthorized use of a photo from her series “Waiting.” In a lawsuit filed March 13 in the Eastern District of New York, Romanova alleges that VICE infringed her copyright when it published a photo from her series on expectant parents... More

Photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa Found Guilty of Murder

Posted by on Thursday March 16, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

A court in South Africa has convicted photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa of the 2013 murder of Nokuphila Kumalo, 23, a sex worker, in a suburb of Cape Town, several South African newspapers have reported. Bail for Mthethwa, a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology who is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, was revoked while he... More

CatchLight Announces 11 Finalists for Inaugural $30K Fellowships

Posted by on Tuesday March 14, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

CatchLight has announced the shortlist for the inaugural CatchLight Fellowship, which supports the use of photography to bring awareness to challenging social issues. From the shortlist, three fellows will be chosen to receive a $30,000 award  and a collaboration with one of CatchLight’s media partners to assist in distribution. The three media partners are The... More

We’re Sorry to See You Go, American Photo and Popular Photography

Posted by on Tuesday March 7, 2017 | Media

We’re sad to report that American Photo and Popular Photography, two venerable publications for photographers and photo enthusiasts, have ceased publication. In an email sent to staff yesterday, Eric Zinczenko, chief executive officer at Bonnier, which has owned the magazine since 2009, cited “insurmountable losses in advertising and audience support” as the reasons for the... More

Obituary: George Pitts, Photo Editor and Photographer *UPDATED

Posted by on Monday March 6, 2017 | Obituary

© Allison Michael Orenstein
George Pitts, photographed in 2007. In addition to his work as the wide-ranging photo director of Vibe, Pitts was also a photographer, writer and critic. Photo © Allison Michael Orenstein.

George Pitts, photo director of Vibe from 1993 to 2004, died March 4 after a long illness, according to the Society of Magazine Photographers. A former painter who took up writing and photography, Pitts had exhibited his fine-art photography in New York, Los Angeles and Montreal. During his tenure at Vibe, he worked with photographers... More