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Untitled - from the series 'Senselessness' © Laura Thompson

From air freshener ape men to rubber gloved ghouls: A look into the D&AD 2016 Shortlisted project by Laura Thompson

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Technology expands perception. Air travel turns a journey of thousands of miles into a matter of hours. Google Maps shows us the way through unfamiliar city streets. Over Skype we can see and hear our loved ones wherever we and they are. But our new abilities have come at a price. Our physical senses have deadened. Laura Thompson came across this conception in a study by Claude Levi Strauss, which described how members of a particular tribe could see Venus in daylight. The anthropologist noted that this was a skill that Western sailors had had in the past, but lost over time since they no longer used it to navigate. “I was surprised to learn that you aren’t born with an innate ability to sense things,” says Thompson, whose series Senseless was shortlisted for the 2016 D&AD Next Photographer Award in partnership with Getty Images. “It develops as you’re a child, your senses adapt to the specifics of your environment. Advances in technology bring passivity. Certain parts of our brains don’t develop because technology is …

2017-02-24T11:01:08+00:00

Getty and Instagram partner on photography grants worth $10,000

Getty Images and Instagram today launched three new grants, worth $10,000 each, to support photographers using the online photography platform “to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world”. Three winners – judged on a demonstrable body of documentary work on their Instagram account – will be selected by the Getty Images Instagram Grant. Each will be given financial support and mentorship to amplify the project, before Getty hosts an exhibition at the Photoville photography festival in New York City this September. “We are inspired every day by the work shared on Instagram by both established and aspiring photographers,” says Amanda Kelso, director of community at Instagram. “Photographers everywhere are experimenting, stretching their creativity and offering diverse perspectives. This grant captures the global enthusiasm from photographers to continue to push their craft to new levels.” “Photographers in all corners of the world use Instagram to share stories that otherwise rarely come into focus,” says Elodie Mailliet Storm, Getty Images senior director of content partnerships. “We want to reach communities that are outside of mainstream media.” The judges are Kira Pollack, director of …

2015-05-12T17:44:30+00:00

#RePicture competition open for entries

Getty Images and iStock have teamed up to create a new international photography competition, #RePicture. The competition aims to challenge how we photograph the world and find ways to subvert stereotypical imagery across the globe. Originally launched at this year’s Cannes Lions festival in France, #RePicture is inspired by the success of Getty Images’ recent partnership with Lean In, an organisation that champions creative opportunities for women. Open to amateur and semi-professional photographers and creatives worldwide, the competition offers prizes from Canon, and the chance to get on board as a Getty Images contributor. “We feel passionately that images have the power to change the way people view the world.” says Andy Saunders, senior vice president for Creative at Getty Images in a press statement. “We’re excited to launch this competition and not just continue with our aim of breaking down existing visual stereotypes, but also to discover ground-breaking new creative talent around the world”. He adds: “Getty Images has always been committed to creating imagery that presents a more authentic view for our customers– everywhere from Tokyo to …

2014-10-02T11:12:31+00:00

Calling new creatives

James Reid, photography director of Wallpaper* magazine; Jefferson Hack, editorial director of Dazed Group; Johanna Neurath, design director at Thames & Hudson; Sarah Thomson, head of art production at Fallon; Daniel Moorey, head of print at communications agency adam&eveDDB; Andy Saunders, senior vice president of creative content at Getty Images; and photographers Oliviero Toscani and Miles Aldridge – these industry-leading figures are all on the extremely impressive judging panel for the Next Photographer Award. A new prize organised by D&AD and Getty Images, the Next Photographer Award offers emerging image-makers the chance to be mentored by professionals such as Sarah Thomson and Daniel Moorey, funding to realise a personal project, flights and tickets to the D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony, and a coveted D&AD ‘Pencil’ mark of honour. Entrants are invited to submit three images, which can be from a series or one-offs, and which can be on any subject. There is no age-limit, but entrants must be out of full-time education and have no more than three years’ editorial and advertising industry experience as a photographer; it costs £40 to enter. The …

2014-10-02T09:53:40+00:00

Getty names 2014 Grants for Editorial Photography [update]

Five photojournalists will each receive a US$10,000 grant in Getty Images’ 10th Grants for Editorial Photography. The 2014 recipients are: Giulio di Sturco, a Reportage by Getty Images’ featured contributor, who receives an award for his body of work titled Ganges: Death of a River, documenting the demise of the Ganges River in India and examining its impact on the livelihoods of millions of people who live along its banks. Juan Arredondo, whose portfolio Born in Conflict examines the effects of a 50-year conflict on the youth of Colombia, documenting the experiences of current and former child soldiers caught up in the ongoing war between The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army. Jordi Busqué, for his award-winning portfolio, The Mennonites of Bolivia, which documents the lives of the Mennonites – a comparatively unknown religious community of European descent whose way of life has remained relatively unchanged since the 16th century – in the east of the country. Krisanne Johnson, a Getty Images’ grant recipient in 2009, has been awarded a grant for South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Youth, a project that follows the lives of South African youth, twenty years after the …

2014-09-12T16:57:59+00:00

Concerns mount over Getty Images’ free-for-all

On 05 March Getty Images launched an embed programme that will allow anyone to use 35 million of its images free for non-commercial purposes. The decision, taken to stop the widespread unauthorised use of images with attribution, has shaken the market, with independent photographers calling on Getty Images to rethink its strategy. BJP has reached out to representative organisations around the world, with the American Society of Media Photographers expressing its unease . “The ASMP, as always, is concerned for the long-term ability of photographers to earn a sustainable living,” says executive director Eugene Mopsik. “We embrace the idea of using new technologies to give publishers at all levels access to great imagery. We look to companies like Getty to use these technologies to create new income streams for photographers. We don’t expect the entire pie, just a fair and reasonable piece. “Photographers create the visual heritage of our society including not only editorial images but also advertising, corporate, architecture, and sports – the significant moments of our lives. We need to ensure that photography remains a vital …

2014-03-12T14:59:57+00:00

BPPA denounces Getty move as ‘massively cynical’

“The reality is that there was a sort of sad inevitability about it,” says Jeff Moore, chairman of the British Press Photographers’ Association, the first representative organisation to react to Getty Images’ embed programme. “Something like this was going to happen at some point. We’ve got YouTube and Vimeo, why did we think we’d be any different?” But he adds that photographers will feel the pinch from the resulting change in the way images are used online. “It’s going to make people redundant,” he says. “It’s going to put people out of work, without a shadow of a doubt. The first ones to fall will be small and independent freelancers and smaller agencies that are relying on small internet sales. “Getty was one of the big agencies that was helping the creative industry in trying to make the internet work, making it pay, and they decided to go into the opposite direction. I think we were starting to get the message out. “Of course, we were never going to be able to convince everyone to stop …

2014-03-12T15:11:27+00:00

10 things you need to know about Getty’s embed tool

Getty Images is revolutionising the photography market, once again, by making most of its photography free to use through a new embedding feature. But what does it mean for professional photographers and the market in general? [Read our full coverage here] We list the 10 most important facts you need to know about this deal. 1. How exactly will it work? Anyone with a blog, a WordPress account, a Twitter handle or a Tumblr, to name just a few, can now select and any of Getty Images’ 35 million photographs and embed them in their content – as long as the images are not used for commercial purposes. 2. What does the embed player look like? It has a width of  594 pixels and a height of 465 pixels. It cannot be resized. It includes the image, without a watermark, with the name of the photographer and the collection, plus the Getty Images logo. This information cannot be removed. Here’s an example: 3. How is commercial use defined? Getty Images defines “commercial use” as the promotion …

2014-03-12T15:23:53+00:00

Getty Images makes 35 million images free to use

The stock agency’s controversial move is set to draw professional photographers’ ire at a time when the stock photography market is already marred by low prices and under attack from new mobile photography players. Getty Images’ reasoning is that it is the best alternative given that the agency is not strong enough to control how the internet – and, with it, users’ online behaviour – has developed. “We’re really starting to see the extent of online infringement,” says Craig Peters, senior vice president of business development, content and marketing at Getty Images. “In essence, everybody today is a publisher thanks to social media and self-publishing platforms. And it’s incredibly easy to find content online and simply right-click to utilise it.” In the past few years, Getty Images has found its content was “incredibly used” in this manner online, says Peters. “And it’s not used with a watermark; instead it’s typically found on one of our valid licensing customers’ websites or through an image search. What we’re finding is that the vast majority of infringement in …

2014-03-12T15:42:26+00:00

Getty Images and Samsung enter long-term partnership

On 27 January, at the annual Samsung European Forum, Jonathan Klein, CEO of Getty Images, took to the stage to announce that the stock agency had signed a deal with the South Korean electronics manufacturer, in an effort “to help people across the world share their stories through the power of photography”, reads a prepared statement. Partnerships between photo agencies and camera manufacturers aren’t a novelty – Magnum Photos and Leica have a shared history, Canon and Nikon sponsor most agencies including VII Photo, Noor and Getty, and Sony just signed a deal with Panos Pictures and William Klein to help promote its cameras. BJP understands that Sony also approached Magnum Photos last year, ahead of the launch of its A7R professional compact camera. Yet with the creation of a Samsung Collection of images shot exclusively with Samsung’s NX cameras, Getty Images is seeking to deepen its ties with the manufacturer. “I think Samsung has a strong commitment to the democratisation of photography and, even more importantly, connected photography,” said Craig Peters, senior vice president …

2014-02-07T12:40:55+00:00

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