Archive for September 2011

Bob Dylan Looking Like a Copyright Infringer. Now What?

Posted by on Friday September 30, 2011 | Celebrity, Copyright/Legal, Fine Art

Is Bob Dylan–that champion of the poor, the tired, the oppressed–a brazen rip-off artist and infringer of photographers’ copyrights? And if so, who’s going to stop him? Reports (here and here) about the exhibit of Dylan’s new paintings called “The Asia Series” at the Gagosian Gallery in New York certainly suggest a theft problem here.... More

VII Photo Agency Brings in New Members

Posted by on Wednesday September 28, 2011 | Photojournalism

Three months after VII Pboto announced a shakeup to its structure, the changes at the photographers’ cooperative have finally played out with the announcement today of its new members. They are Davide Monteleone, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Lynsey Addario, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Stefano de Luigi, Venetia Dearden, Jessica Dimmock, Adam Ferguson, Ashley Gilbertson, Seamus Murphy, Maciek Nabrdalik,... More

LUCEO Opens Online Store In Effort to “Assert Creative Control”

Posted by on Tuesday September 27, 2011 | Photojournalism

Photographer collective LUCEO Images announced the opening of an online store that the group of documentary photographers hopes will allow them to “assert more creative control over the production and distribution of our work,” they said. The group will sell limited- and open-edition prints, books and other creative work through their online store. The store’s... More

Mario Tama’s Close-Up On Netanyahu’s UN Speech

Posted by on Tuesday September 27, 2011 | Photojournalism, Photos In The News

Note to photographers covering the United Nations General Assembly: It pays to carry a telephoto lens. Yesterday, Michael Shaw at Bag News noted that Getty Images photographer Mario Tama had managed to zoom in on the text of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the General Assembly on September 23, capturing the prime minister’s... More

Islamic Cultural Center Exhibits NYChildren Photography

Posted by on Thursday September 22, 2011 | Events, Photos In The News

After months of controversy, the Park51 Islamic Cultural Center  opened in lower Manhattan on September 21 with a photo exhibition that celebrates New York’s diversity. “NYChildren” is an ongoing project by photographer Danny Goldfield, who is photographing a New York City child born in every country in the world.  The hundreds of visitors and international... More

Beatles Photographer Robert Whitaker Dies

Posted by on Thursday September 22, 2011 | Obituary, Photojournalism

Photographer Robert Whitaker, best known for the hundreds of behind-the-scenes images and album cover shots he made of The Beatles from 1964 to 1966 when the band was rising to international fame, died September 20 in the UK. The cause of death was cancer, according to a UK Press Association report. Whitaker was part of... More

Smith Grant Winner to Be Announced (Updated)

Posted by on Tuesday September 20, 2011 | Events, Photojournalism

The winner and finalists for the 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography will be announced on Wednesday, October 19th at a ceremony in New York City. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave (at 70th Street). Admission is free, and on a... More

Burmese Photojournalist Sentenced to 10 More Years

Posted by on Thursday September 15, 2011 | Photojournalism

Burmese photographjournalist Sithu Zeya, who was sentenced last year to 8 years in prison for violating Burma’s immigration laws and “Unlawful Associations Act,” was sentenced yesterday to an additional 10 years for violating the country’s “Electronics Act,” the Burmese magazine-in-exile Irrawaddy has reported. Zeya was originally sentenced for photographing the aftermath of the April 15,... More

PDN Video Pick: Fighting Malnutrition, at Home and Abroad

Posted by on Wednesday September 14, 2011 | PDN Video Picks, Photojournalism

Jessica Dimmock and Antonin Kratochvil, photojournalists with the VII Photo Agency, created the video “Double Standard” as part of Starved for Attention, the multimedia campaign about malnutrition created by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The video highlights the disparity between the US government’s approach to preventing malnutrition at home and the food aid it... More

You Decide: Does a National Portrait Gallery Contest Trample Artists’ Rights?

Posted by on Wednesday September 14, 2011 | Copyright/Legal, Fine Art

The National Portrait Gallery has announced a portrait competition that has stirred the outrage of at least one photographer (who told us about it) because of the rights transfer terms of the contest rules. Rights transfers in photography contests are often a lightning rod, but the rules of this contest are more complicated than “we... More