How to Get Work As a Social Media Influencer? Hope the CEO’s Kid Likes You

Posted by on Friday May 13, 2016 | Celebrity, Media, Social Media/Web

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on May 7, 2016 at 5:45pm PDT Digiday’s Shareen Pathak has published a revealing–though anonymous–interview with a social media executive about the business of finding and cultivating social media influencers to promote brands. (A subject we’ve tackled quite a bit — here and here.) Reading it, you’ll learn... More

National Gallery’s Use of Prince Portrait Infringes Copyright, Photog Claims

Posted by on Wednesday April 27, 2016 | Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

Photographer Lynn Goldsmith’s studio says the Smithsonian Institution violated copyright of her 1993 portrait of Prince last week by distributing the image to the media without permission. The musician died April 21, and the following day, the Smithsonian displayed a print of Goldsmith’s photograph at the National Portrait Gallery’s In Memoriam space. The museum notified... More

Photographer Reunited with Lost Leonardo DiCaprio Negatives

Posted by on Friday April 15, 2016 | Celebrity

A negative we found of Leonardo DiCaprio. Shirtless!! And smoking! We Make Limited Edition Prints From Found Flea Market Negatives. #leonardodicaprio #oscars A photo posted by Negative Collection (@negativecollection) on Mar 3, 2016 at 9:51am PST Lost negatives from a photo shoot with a young Leonardo DiCaprio were recently returned to photographer-turned-filmmaker Alexi Tan thanks... More

Great Photography and Filmmaking Reads for Your Weekend

Posted by on Friday January 15, 2016 | Celebrity, Fine Art, Social Media/Web

There were plenty of great reads published this week–hopefully you can block off a quiet hour or two to enjoy them. Gregory Crewdson on Being an Art Photographer Today – Vogue Annie Leibovitz on Shooting Rock Stars – Biography Meet the Man Who Photographed David Bowie for 40 Years – Vice The Challenges of Managing an Archive of Film... More

This Is the Most-Liked Photo on Instagram

Posted by on Wednesday October 7, 2015 | Celebrity, Social Media/Web

The first images of Pluto’s surface? A selfie with a world leader? A stunning landscape? A dramatic piece of photojournalism? An adorable cat? Nope. It’s this.   ❥ A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on May 25, 2015 at 3:51pm PDT To celebrate Instagram’s five-year anniversary, Time’s Olivia Waxman collected the top five most... More

Taylor Swift Changes Photo Contract in Response to Online Outrage. Will the Foo Follow?

Posted by on Tuesday July 21, 2015 | Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

Evidently Taylor Swift doesn’t want there to be any bad blood between her 1989 World Tour and photographers. After an outpouring of internet outrage over her tour’s restrictive photo contract, Swift’s team has apparently relented. Writing for Poytner, Benjamin Mullin notes that Swift’s team has removed elements that photographers had found objectionable: According to a source who... More

How to Kill Restrictive Concert Photography Contracts

Posted by on Thursday July 9, 2015 | Business, Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

It’s boom times for concert photographers who want to complain about the terms of their contract. Jason Seldon’s public letter to Taylor Swift drew huge interest from traditional media companies, followed by the public calling out of the Foo Fighters by the Washington City Paper. But, like a lot of online griping, the spilling of rage pixels rarely results in... More

Photographer Calls Out Taylor Swift for Apple Hypocrisy [Updated]

Posted by on Monday June 22, 2015 | Business, Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

Taylor Swift is rapidly making a name for herself as the scourge of streaming music services, first lambasting Spotify and now, Apple Music, for giving musicians short financial shrift. In an open letter to Apple, Swift complains that the company won’t be paying musicians during a user’s three month free trial period with the service, calling... More

PDN Video: How to Take Your Career to the Next Level

Posted by on Wednesday April 22, 2015 | Celebrity, PDN Video Picks

At a turning point early in his career, veteran celebrity photographer Brian Smith had a brazen (and slightly cringe-worthy) encounter with John Huston, the famous movie director. He got away with it–just barely. At the time, Smith was a staff photographer on assignment for the Orange County Register. He was trying to take his career... More