Archive for July 2010

Is AFP Stealing Pictures Again?

Posted by on Thursday July 29, 2010 | Copyright/Legal

Back in May, we reported the case of AFP v. Morel, in which AFP allegedly downloaded and distributed photographer Daniel Morel's exclusive Haitian earthquake photos without permission. After he sought compensation from AFP, the wire service sued him for defending his rights too aggressively. Now comes another case in which a photographer has accused AFP... More

CPJ Blasts Thai Investigation of Journalists’ Deaths

Posted by on Thursday July 29, 2010 | Photojournalism

The Committee to Protect Journalists has concluded that the Thai government has "done little to bring anyone to account" for the deaths of dozens of people and injuries of hundreds at anti-government protests in Bangkok this past spring. Among the dead were freelance photographer Fabio Polenghi of Italy and Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto of Japan.... More

Ansel Adams’ Print Dealers Cry Foul on Sale of Negatives

Posted by on Wednesday July 28, 2010 | Uncategorized

The day after news reports that experts had authenticated glass plate negatives –bought for $45 at a garage sale in Pasadena– as the work of Ansel Adams, dealers of Adams’ prints are casting doubts on the negatives’ authenticity and estimated market value.  Bill Turnage, managing director of the Ansel Adams Rights Trust, which holds the copyright... More

$200 Million Ansel Adams Negatives Found at Garage Sale

Posted by on Tuesday July 27, 2010 | Uncategorized

 Boxes of glass plate negatives, which a California man bought at a Pasadena garage sale ten years ago for $45, have been authenticated by photography experts who insist they are the work of Ansel Adams. Appraiser and art dealer David W. Streets, who will be displaying the plates tonight in his gallery in Beverly Hills,... More

Moreno, Raman Win 2010 Daylight/CDS Photo Competition

Posted by on Monday July 26, 2010 | Uncategorized

Nandita Raman and Elizabeth Moreno took home the first prizes in the Project and Work-in-Progress categories, respectively, of the 2010 Daylight / Center for Documentary Studies Photo Awards last Saturday. Moreno's project, titled "Far from the Cities, Close to Earth" explores the lives of Mexican "rancheros" in Baja California, and their struggle to maintain traditional... More

Snowboarding Photographer Labeled “Unstable” By CEO For Trying To Protect Copyright

Posted by on Friday July 23, 2010 | Business, Copyright/Legal

A snowboarding photographer battled a company for months trying to get them to acknowledge that they had used his photo without permission or payment. The photographer, Chris Messervey, has now published his months of correspondence with the company on his blog in hopes of getting satisfaction. Standard practice for snowboarding photographers is to accompany riders... More

Another BP Credibility Problem: Altered Handouts

Posted by on Friday July 23, 2010 | Uncategorized

Since one of its oil wells blew out in the Gulf of Mexico more than three months ago, BP has demonstrated a certain aversion to the truth about the disaster and its consequences. Against that backdrop, The Washington Post has reported that Gawker and other blogs have so far identified at least three BP handout... More

Underwater Photographer Wes Skiles Dies on Shoot

Posted by on Thursday July 22, 2010 | Uncategorized

Photographer and cameraman Wes Skiles, who explored, mapped, and filmed caves around the world for three decades, died Wednesday afternoon while on a dive near Palm Beach, Florida. He was 53. Diving companions found Skiles unconscious on the ocean floor near a reef, shortly after he had signaled to them that he was going to... More

Vimeo’s $25,000 Contest Deadline Approaching

Posted by on Thursday July 22, 2010 | Uncategorized

 The deadline to enter Vimeo's first video awards competition is July 31. The Vimeo Awards  are intended  to honor creativity and originality (no rehashed clips stolen from TV here) in video creation. The contest is open to videos in nine categories, including Documentary, Narrative, Music Video and Original Series. Two finalists will be selected in each category by... More