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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 Bail for Mthethwa, a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology who is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, was revoked while he...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

Representative Blocks News Photog from Photographing Senate Protesters

Posted by on Friday January 13, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

Photographer Jim Lo Scalzo says Representative Louie Gohmert covered his camera when he tried to photograph demonstrators at the Senate confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions, the nominee for Attorney General. Lo Scalzo, a photographer with European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), was standing near the door where Capitol Police removed the protesters when “all of a sudden... More

That’s Sir Don McCullin: British Photojournalist Knighted on New Year’s Day

Posted by on Wednesday January 4, 2017 | Photojournalism

Don McCullin, 81, the London-born war photographer who covered conflict in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia and, most recently, Iraq, has been awarded a knighthood. McCullin was one of a handful British citizens who received the award as part of the New Year Honours list issued by the Queen of England. McCullin told the... More

How Platon Photographed 44 Immigrants, including my 91-Year-Old Friend, in 36 Hours

Posted by on Tuesday December 20, 2016 | Photojournalism

Photos © Platon. The three cover portraits for New York magazine's story, "44 Immigrants on Living in a Sanctuary City."
Photos © Platon. The three cover portraits for New York magazine's story, "44 Immigrants on Living in a Sanctuary City."

For the cover story in the current issue of New York magazine, Platon made portraits of 44 immigrants, ranging in age from one month to 91 years old. His portraits of the subjects, photographed singly and in groups, fill nine pages in the annual “Reasons to Love New York” issue. Platon photographed the parade of... More

Photographer Sues VICE for Unauthorized Use of Expectant Couple

Posted by on Wednesday November 30, 2016 | Copyright/Legal

Photographer Jana Romanova has sued VICE Media for willful copyright infringement and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for publishing a photo from her “Waiting” series without permission. Romanova’s suit, filed in the Eastern District of New York on November 23, alleges that VICE violated her copyright when it published one of her... More

The President-Elect Objects to a News Photo Showing his Double Chin

Posted by on Tuesday November 22, 2016 | Photojournalism

You’ve probably read by now that, 59 days before he will take an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” including the First Amendment, the president-elect held an off-the-record meeting with several news executives, and criticized the press for its “outrageous” coverage of him. In particular, he singled out NBC... More

Michael Christopher Brown, Gregory Halpern Win Paris Photo-Aperture Book Awards

Posted by on Friday November 11, 2016 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Michael Christopher Brown has won the $10,000 First PhotoBook Award from the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. He won the prize, which is given for an outstanding first monograph, for his book Libyan Sugar (published by Twin Palms), which looks at the Magnum photographer’s experience covering the Libyan civil war. Gregory Halpern’s ZZYZX (published by... More