I’ve always admired the resilience of professional photographers. But that resilience is really being put to the test now; few industries have changed so much in such a short space of time. A great picture might still be a great picture — that will always be true — but the technology used to take that image has changed, as has the means of returning it to photo editors, the photography market that can buy it… and just about everything else too.
Throughout the years I’ve worked as a photojournalist, I have been privileged to encounter many people working in a range of ways to improve the lives of the world’s disadvantaged, misunderstood and marginalized. One such group of people is the Jesuits, an order of Catholic priests.
American photographer Spencer Platt of Getty has won the 50th annual World Press Photo of the Year award for his remarkable photograph of affluent young Lebanese surveying the destruction of war from inside a red convertible.
Recently on CNN, Stewart Butterfield, founder of Flickr, was asked why Flickr doesn’t license rights to its pictures like iStockphoto.
Butterfield answered, “That’s something we haven’t actually started yet but we’ve spent a long time thinking about it. Everyday we see people buying photos from Flickr users, and it’s a very complicated, difficult and frustrating process for both sides. It’s something we’ll be looking at more closely and probably doing some stuff in the next year.”
From Rich Legg, digital photography enthusiast:
What you are seeing is a capture of a lightbulb in the process of burning out. To create the shot, my friend Harley and I removed the glass enclosure of a standard household lightbulb (while leaving the innards intact) and powered it up in a pitch black room. The result was an immediate burn-out … The red hue on the smoke was added in post-processing.
Ryerson University has selected Toronto architects Diamond + Schmitt to design a new gallery and research center to house the Black Star Historical Black & White Photography Collection.
It seems clear from Getty Images’ announcement of the Lifesize collection in November and their opening of their RF brands to iStockphoto’s top photographers that the company wants to add a lot of new images quickly. But cranking up the new systems necessary to encourage photographers to submit, editing to determine who is approved to submit and integrating the images into the database may take a little time.
A Morristown, N.J., court will decide whether to dismiss an indictment of a man and his girlfriend who were arrested for taking photographs of women’s buttocks in public places, such as parades and fairs.
Sometimes you’ve just gotta have fun. So in the name of lightheartedness and some silliness too, here are two sites that are sure to put a smile on your face.
Running from Camera is a photoblog begun last June by Muggezifter with these simple rules: “I put the self-timer on 2 seconds, push the button and try to get as far from the camera as I can.”
The last few times I’ve flown, I requested a window seat so I could photograph what was outside — sometimes the clouds, sometimes the rivers and fields, sometimes the skyscrapers below. Especially interesting was making the same cross-country trip during different seasons and comparing what the landscape looked like during summer and then during winter.
Aaron Johnson, who describes himself as “40% photographer, 60% Photoshopper,” draws an amusing online comic strip called “What the Duck” that professional and amateur photographers alike should enjoy.
“I’m a made-man, man, and when you come outside I’ll get you. Don’t you worry, we’ll be waiting.”
He had unwashed, thick brown hair that was tipped with blond streaks. His face was pushed into mine and he was screaming at me. Pushing and shoving in the tiny lobby of the hotel were about five of his gang members, yelling and telling me what they were going to do with me when I came outside.
As more and more images are being used on the Web, rights-managed (RM) sellers need to find an appropriate way to price based on such usage.
In my 2001 edition of Negotiating Stock Photo Prices, I offered a very simplified pricing system that basically had three categories – National Corporation, Regional Corporation and Local Corporation – and four sizes of uses. Considering the many ways that images are now used on the Web, this strategy is totally inadequate.
Is strength reflected in physical pain? Can beauty be found in scars? How do trained professionals show compassion? Photographer Michelle Del Guercio answers these questions and more with the images posted on her medical photography site.
The combination of two art forms, done successfully and for maximum effect, can have a visceral effect on viewers. Take writing and photography, both extremely powerful on their own. When used together — when the choice of words and phrases is an integral part of the image conveyed — the result can be surprising and unique.
Placeblogger.org is a new site that aggregates local blogs, both in the United States and worldwide. It’s part of a relatively new trend focusing on hyperlocal information and community-building. The photographic equivalent of Placeblogger might be Photobloggers.org, which is part of Photoblogs.org.
In Victorian times, mourning family members often staged photographic portraits of dead children and other loved ones prior to burial. In later generations, this practice came to be viewed as morbid — which led to the destruction of thousands of these so-called “bereavement portraits.” Examples of 19th-century bereavement photographs can be found here and here.
Reuters closed the final chapter on the Adnan Hajj affair this week by announcing staff and policy changes in the Middle East. Despite maintaining that it had found only two altered photographs after studying hundreds in its investigation, Reuters reported that the news agency has:
From the Yorkshire Post:
An amateur photographer who captured a rare image of two Caribbean snails has won a battle against a major stamp publisher which used the images without permission. Lawyers from Leeds-based law firm Walker Morris represented former US Army major and wildlife photographer Mark Johnson in the copyright case against New York-based Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC).