Archive for May 2011

In Vampire Weekend Case, Tod Brody’s Lawyers Decide to Quit

Posted by on Wednesday May 25, 2011 | Celebrity

Lawyers for the photographer who allegedly provided a photograph with a forged model release for use on the cover Vampire Weekend’s “Contra” album are trying to quit the case. The lawyers, who represent Tod Brody, complained to the court that their client doesn’t respond to their phone calls or e-mails, and has refused to pay... More

Hetherington Memorialized by Family, Colleagues and Subjects

Posted by on Wednesday May 25, 2011 | Obituary, Photojournalism

Tim Hetherington’s friends and family were joined by soldiers from the platoon depicted in Restrepo, Hetherington’s award-winning documentary, to celebrate the photographer/filmmaker’s life and recall his talent and generosity at a memorial service held May 24 in New York City. Hetherington was killed in Misrata, Libya, on April 20 in a rocket attack that also... More

Twitpic: Laundering Images of Owners’ Rights

Posted by on Tuesday May 24, 2011 | Media

A London celebrity photo agency that has won rights to distribute pictures posted on Twitpic has told PDN that it has “no direct relationship with those posting images on Twitpic.” The statement implies that the agency, World Entertainment News Network, will not share licensing revenues with the image owners. As The New York Times reported... More

Stirring Up Trouble Over Beyoncé’s New Video

Posted by on Tuesday May 24, 2011 | Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

Pop singer Beyoncé has debuted a new music video for her song “Run the World (Girls),” and because it seems to reference the work of other artists, The Guardian newspaper of London has raised the question: Is it homage or appropriation? “The most obvious influence is the work of South African photographer Pieter Hugo,” The... More

Time to Quit Using TwitPic?

Posted by on Monday May 23, 2011 | Business, Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

Twitpic, the picture sharing service of Twitter, has signed a deal that allows a third party agency called World Entertainment News Network (WENN) to license images posted on Twitpic, according to The New York Times. Under the terms of the deal, the celebrity news and photo agency would be allowed to authorize uses for photos... More

What Do News Organizations Owe to Fixers?

Posted by on Thursday May 19, 2011 | Photojournalism, Photos In The News, Uncategorized

After a long silence, journalists are now talking about the inequality in care paid to photojournalists working in war zones, and the local fixers who help them in their work. The issue is now being addressed by the Poynter institute, the non-profit journalism education organization. Reporting on the Poynter Web site, writer Steve Myers talks... More

PDN Video Pick: Transit in Columbia, Athens

Posted by on Tuesday May 17, 2011 | Awards/Contests/Grants, PDN Video Picks, Photojournalism

Transit in Columbia, Athens. from Dionysis Kouris on Vimeo. Dionysis Kouris‘s short documentary about North African immigrants living in the abandoned Columbia Records compound in Athens, Greece, was selected as a winner in the video category of the 2011 PDN Photo Annual. “After spending some time there, [the immigrants] try their luck at the port... More

Day 43: Captured Journalists Languish in Libya

Posted by on Monday May 16, 2011 | Photojournalism

Freelance photographer Anton Hammerl remains unaccounted for in Libya, more than 40 days after Libyan authorities say they took him into custody. The lack of information has escalated concern among his family and friends about his health and safety. “All we do is concern ourselves with what we can do in order to get him... More

Tim Hetherington Memorial Service in New York To Be Held May 24

Posted by on Monday May 16, 2011 | Obituary

Friends of photographer Tim Hetherington, who was killed in Misrata, Libya on April 20, have organized a memorial service to be held in New York City, where the UK-born Hetherington had lived for several years. The memorial service will take place May 24 at 4pm at the First Presbyterian Church, located at Fifth Avenue between... More