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How Robert Shults Photographed His Own Homeless Experience

Posted by on Friday August 11, 2017 | Fine Art

From "The Small Corners of Existence" © Robert Shults

Formerly homeless photographer Robert Shults recently explained in a Q&A with PDN the ethical and esthetic challenges of photographing homeless people, and how photographers can approach the topic in ways that dignify the subjects and elicit empathy and deeper understanding on the part of viewers. In his own photography, Shults has concentrated lately on scientific... More

PETA Giving Up on Monkey Selfie Copyright Claim?

Posted by on Monday August 7, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

©David Slater

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and photographer David Slater have told a federal court in San Francisco that they are on the verge of settling PETA’s copyright infringement claim over the infamous monkey selfie. The two parties, along with Blurb, Inc., a co-defendant with Slater, have asked the US Court of Appeals... More

NPPA Adds Anti-Harassment Standard to Code of Ethics

Posted by on Wednesday July 26, 2017 | Business, Photojournalism

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has adopted an anti-harassment standard as part of its Code of Ethics, the organization announced this week. The new standard, adopted by unanimous vote of the NPPA board of directors on July 22, states: “Do not engage in harassing behavior of colleagues, subordinates or subjects and maintain the highest... More

Photographer Tasneem Alsultan: Raising the Questions Americans Should Be Asking Themselves

Posted by on Tuesday July 25, 2017 | Photojournalism

In our recent series about how photographers cover stories as outsiders, we featured Tasneem Alsultan, among other photographers. Alsultan grew up in both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, so she sees each culture from the perspective of the other. Our story focused on how that influences stories she’s done in Saudi Arabia, particularly “Saudi Tales... More

Appeals Court Skeptical of “Monkey Selfie” Copyright Claim

Posted by on Thursday July 13, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

©David Slater

Judges fired tough questions yesterday at a PETA lawyer arguing a copyright appeal on behalf of a monkey in the case of Naruto v. David Slater. The now famous “monkey selfie” case pits an Indonesian macaque monkey named Naruto against photographer David Slater. In 2011, Naruto picked up Slater’s unattended camera and shot a selfie.... More

Danielle Villasana’s Advice on Applying for Grants and Awards

Posted by on Thursday June 15, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Photographer Danielle Villasana has won numerous accolades for “A Light Inside,” her project about transgender women. They include the 2015 Inge Morath Award (see “How I Got That Grant: The $5,000 Inge Morath Award“), a 2015 Pride Photo Award, and a place on Getty’s 2015-2016 Emerging Talent roster. Here is her advice about writing successful... More

Danny Clinch Sues for Copyright Infringement of Tupac Shakur Photos

Posted by on Monday June 5, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

Danny Clinch filed suit in federal court in New York June 2, alleging multiple copyright infringements of two of his photographs of late rap artist Tupac Shakur. The photographs were allegedly reprinted and distributed on T-shirts without permission. Clinch, a noted music photographer, names five defendants, including an agent for Shakur’s estate, two merchandise manufacturers,... More

Secret Service Not Amused by Photog Staging Trump Beheading

Posted by on Thursday June 1, 2017 | Celebrity

©Tyler Shields
©Tyler Shields

Photographer Tyler Shields and comedian Kathy Griffin are under Secret Service investigation for a photograph of Griffin holding what appears to be the bloody, severed head of Donald Trump, TMZ has reported. The website quoted unnamed law enforcement sources. Shields is known for his slick, provocative, and frequently degrading images of models and celebrities that... More

Jury Awards $900K in Marketing Photo Copyright Case

Posted by on Monday May 15, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

A federal jury in Maryland has awarded $900,000 in actual damages to an Oregon-based plant retailer for its claims against a competitor over unauthorized use of two dozen copyrighted images. The jury verdict, delivered last week, also included a $300,000 statutory damages award, but the plaintiff may elect one jury award or the other (not... More