Month: May 2013

Q&A: Why is Emphas.is now turning to its own platform to survive?

“Emphas.is is based on the premise that the audience is still interested in photography – despite what editors might think,” we wrote in early 2011, as the crowd-funding platform for photojournalists was about to launch. At the time, the premise was simple, as co-founder Karim Ben Khelifa told us: “Photographers are storytellers and our audience wants to hear those stories.” The concept behind Emphas.is has always been simple: a photographer pitches a story, presents a budget, and if he receives the necessary funds, he keeps in touch with his backers with exclusive updates and access to the work. “Photographers will become a channel,” said Khelifa at the time. “They will meet their audience and engage with it.” Now, after raising more than $500,000 for photographers, the platform is appealing for funds to survive. We speak with co-founders Ben Khelifa and Tina Ahrens, and ask them why it’s now seeking help. Olivier Laurent: Emphas.is was launched in early 2011. What has been achieved in these two years? Karim Ben Khelifa/Tina Ahrens: Emphas.is and the concept that the public would …

2013-12-11T11:54:01+00:00

Getty Images expands grant programme to portrait photography

The inaugural Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize aims to recognise excellence in portrait photography by an emerging photographer with fewer than five years industry experience. The winning photographer will receive a $10,000 grant and have their work exhibited at the Polka Galerie in Paris in October. The grant is the latest Getty Images prize to be introduced, after the stock agency launched its Grants for Editorial Photography in 2005 and its Creative Grants in 2009. Getty Images also supports the Chris Hondros Fund Award, which was introduced following the death of photojournalist Chris Hondros in Libya in 2010. The Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize invites photographers to submit between 10 and 20 images from their portraiture work, along with a biography, a brief explanation of their approach, and a description of what they would like to accomplish in their careers. The prize will be judged by a panel that includes fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh. The winner will be announced in October. Entries will be accepted from 13 June to 05 August. For more …

2013-12-11T11:54:17+00:00

Magnum photographer Wayne Miller has died

Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1918, Wayne F Miller began his photographic career during World War II when he was selected to join an elite naval combat photographic unit. “One of Miller’s most recognised photographs from the war shows a wounded pilot being pulled from his fighter plane,” says Miller’s family. “By tragic coincidence, Miller had been scheduled for the flight and the photographer who had taken his place was shot and killed while documenting the firefight. While Miller’s war photography documented soldiers both at ease and in combat, tragedy dominated.” Miller was also one of the first photographers to arrive at Hiroshima to document the devastation left by the atomic blast. “Miller throughout his life kept a piece of the rubble, a Japanese teacup into which glass had melted, at the doorway to his darkroom as a memorial,” adds his family. After the war, he received the Guggenheim fellowship for photography in 1946 and 1948 to document the community around Chicago. “Often turning the lens on his own family, Miller’s poignant visual explorations of …

2013-12-11T11:54:34+00:00

AFP v Morel: Judge reconsiders potential damages

Agence France-Presse and Getty Images have asked a New York court to reconsider its decision to reject summary judgement in regards to the statutory damages freelance photographer Daniel Morel can claim. The request for reconsideration concerns whether “Morel could be entitled to recover one statutory award per work infringed from AFP and one from Getty, for a total of two awards per work infringed,” writes District Judge Alison J Nathan. Both companies infringed on eight of Morel’s images. The photographer argues that “he should be allowed to seek one statutory award from AFP for its wrongful misappropriation and downstream licensing for every infringed work and one award from Getty for each of Morel’s photographs that it licensed after AFP directed Getty to remove the images from all of its systems and to stop using or licensing the works,” the judge summarises. In effect, Morel argues that he should be entitled to claim 16 statutory damages awards, while AFP and Getty say he should only be allowed to claim eight awards. In a decision presented on …

2013-12-11T11:57:59+00:00

World Press Photo controversy: Objectivity, manipulation and the search for truth

There’s nothing worse for a photojournalist than to have his or her integrity questioned. As the most recent debate about Paul Hansen’s winning World Press Photo image has shown, rumours, speculation and misinformation travels far quicker than the truth. Last week’s exposé by Extreme Tech, ‘How the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year was faked with Photoshop’, was shared 17,000 times on Facebook and more than 2500 times on Twitter, while World Press Photo’s clarification clocks only 130 shares on Facebook. The intense debate forced World Press Photo to appoint a panel of forensic analysts to study Hansen’s image. One of these analysts found that, when comparing the raw file with the prize-winning version, “I can indeed see that there has been a fair amount of post-production, in the sense that some areas have been made lighter and others darker,” writes Eduard de Kam, a digital photography expert at the Dutch Institute for Digital Photography. “But regarding the positions of each pixel, all of them are exactly in the same place in the JPEG – the prize-winning …

2013-12-11T11:58:33+00:00

Don McCullin to headline Visa pour l’Image’s 25th edition

“To have such a distinguished 25-year-old festival, which has a huge following, invite me to have an exhibition there, I feel honoured and proud,” says photographer Don McCullin, who spoke to BJP ahead of Visa pour l’Image’s press conference. “I’m going to enjoy it. You know, when you get to my age, the idea that someone is still interested in your work is quite extraordinary.” McCullin will receive the largest exhibition ever presented at Visa pour l’Image, where he will present a retrospective of his work in Cyprus, Vietnam, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Bangladesh and Lebanon. He will also show images shot in England and Somerset, as well as his most recent work from Syria. “For the past 25 years, I’ve dreamt of bringing McCullin’s work in Perpignan,” says Jean-François Leroy, the festival’s director. “We’ve shown all of the big names in photojournalism, but I’ve always felt that McCullin was the missing one. This year, he’ll be there, he’ll be coming, and he will have an enormous exhibition. For the first time ever, he’ll get the Eglise des …

2013-12-11T11:59:04+00:00

Hipstamatic launches Oggl, a new social network for creative photographers

Oggl is said to offer a brand new way to experience Hipstamatic’s filters, “and for the first time ever, directly connects the Hipstamatic community and like-minded creatives from around the world,” says the San Francisco-based start-up in a statement released last night. “From the editorial spreads of Harper’s Bazaar to the cover of Time magazine to the pages of pages of The New York Times, Hipstamatic photographers have had their work showcased on a global stage, and are ushering in a new era in photography,” comments Lucas Buick, Hipstamatic’s CEO and co-founder. “It’s time we created a place designed just for them to connect, to be inspired, to create and to continue to define what it means to be a photographer for this generation.” Oggl will first be available to iPhone users, who will have to subscribe for $0.99 a month or $9.99 a year. The app will allow photographers to capture scenes using Hipstamatic’s filters or apply them after the images have been taken – similarly to what Instagram and EyeEm currently offer. With the subscription, users will …

2013-12-11T11:59:19+00:00

Controversial copyright framework receives Royal Assent

Despite wide opposition from the photographic industry, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received Royal Assent on 26 April, enabling the government to introduce, through regulations, controversial copyright reforms. The bill, which became an act of law last week, was sponsored by Vince Cable and Lord Marland of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The bill was originally written to eradicate unnecessary bureaucracy but presented a series of provisions, introduced through the back door by the Intellectual Property Office, to allow the use of orphan works, such as images that lack metadata and whose copyright owners cannot be found. While the bill has received Royal Assent, the proposed copyright changes have not yet been approved by the government, as the Intellectual Property Office is still consulting the industry on the changes. Yet, once finalised, the government will be able to introduce the controversial regulations, which will face minimal legislative oversight – a committee of MPs can approve or reject the regulations but cannot amend them. If introduced and approved, these regulations would have seismic …

2013-12-11T11:59:50+00:00

On the frontline

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The longer that photojournalist Michael Kamber spent covering the war in Iraq, the more frustrated he became. His position on the frontline meant he and his colleagues were closer to the war than anyone, other than the soldiers and Iraqi civilians, yet the photos in the Western media didn’t reflect what he saw happening. “They look like sports pictures to me. It looks like a quarterback limping off the field, being helped by his buddy,” he says. “It’s not what these wars look like.” With his commitment to accurate reporting shortchanged by what he saw as censorship, Kamber began working on Photojournalists On War: The Untold Stories From Iraq in 2008. The book is a compilation of interviews with 39 photojournalists from around the world, accompanied by some of their most poignant and definitive photos. The aim of the book, which will be released on 15 may in the US and later this year in the UK, is to tell the uncensored story to the general public, an audience that hasn’t been privy to much …

2013-12-12T11:40:37+00:00

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