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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

Instagram Tips from Pot Photographer Kristen Angelo

Posted by on Friday May 12, 2017 | Business, Social Media/Web

Kristen Angelo, a.k.a. A Pot Farmer’s Daughter, explains in the May issue of PDN how she built her editorial and commercial photography business around the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. Her Instagram feed has been an important part of her marketing strategy. Angelo says she used hashtags such as #cannabis, #cannabisculture, #i502 (the name of the... More

Nature Conservancy’s Melissa Ryan on Making Impact with Conservation Photos

Posted by on Friday April 28, 2017 | Photojournalism

Mercedes Robinson-Neasloss photographs nature details during a participatory camera workshop run by photographer Jason Houston and Nature Conservancy Magazine Director of Photography, Melissa Ryan. Near Klemtu, British Columbia, Canada. ©Jason Houston

Melissa Ryan, director of photography at Nature Conservancy magazine, says that in order to create more powerful messages for conservation, photographers have to engage and collaborate more with the communities affected. That will be the subject of her talk at Collaborations for Cause 2017 in Seattle, where she will be one of several featured speakers.... More

Vivian Maier Estate Sues Jeffrey Goldstein for Copyright, Trademark Infringement

Posted by on Monday April 24, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

The Estate of Vivian Maier has sued collector Jeffrey Goldstein for copyright infringement and other claims, alleging unauthorized copying, exhibition and print sales of the late photographer’s work. The estate is seeking unspecified damages and lost profits for the alleged violations. According to the estate’s claim, Goldstein acquired approximately 2,000 vintage Maier prints, 20,000 of... More

Is Photojournalism Stuck in Its Past? Stephen Mayes Worries

Posted by on Wednesday April 5, 2017 | Photojournalism

In our recent interview with photography consultant and former VII Photo CEO Stephen Mayes, he shared his ideas about how photojournalists  can stay relevant in the 21st century. He had provocative things to say about current photojournalism practices that we didn’t have room to include in the print edition of PDN. Here are some excerpts.... More

Library of Congress Acquires Bob Adelman’s Civil Rights Archive

Posted by on Wednesday March 29, 2017 | Photojournalism

Authorities turn fire hoses on Civil Rights protesters, Birmingham, Alabama 1963. ©Bob Adelman

The Library of Congress has acquired the photographic archive of renowned Civil Rights photographer Bob Adelman, who died last year at the age of 85. The archive, which was provided to the library as a gift from an anonymous donor, includes 575,000 images. About 50,000 of those images are prints, and the rest are negatives... More