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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. [bjp_ad_slot] 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 …

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_ad_slot] 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 …

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?” [bjp_ad_slot] 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 …

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. [bjp_ad_slot] “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 …

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

Getty Images’ Jonathan Klein: “We need new economic models”

Since its inception in 1993, Getty Images has acquired a reputation among photographers for driving the price of photography down with agressive business models around stock and microstock photography. At Visa pour l’Image, the world’s largest photojournalism and press photography festival, CEO and co-founder Jonathan Klein sat down with BJP‘s Olivier Laurent to discuss his company’s role and impact on the photographic industry, as well as its commitment to photojournalism through the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography. [bjp_ad_slot] Olivier Laurent: Was it hard to justify the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography within the company? Why are you doing this? Jonathan Klein: It depends who I’m talking to. In terms of our employees, partners, contributors and the photographic community, it’s nothing. It’s so easy. We spend more in five minutes on paid search on Google. It’s really nothing in that respect. I think if we were a different kind of company and we weren’t still run by the founders and if we had shareholders who were very focussed on micro-managing everything, then it would be difficult, …

2013-12-11T11:22:08+00:00

Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography: Eugene Richards

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In 2010 Eugene Richards published the book War is Personal, which documented the devastating effects that serving in Iraq has had on some veterans and their families. Now with the help of another Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, Richards plans to continue the project, looking this time at soldiers returning from Afghanistan, reports Rachel Segal Hamilton BJP: Why did you decide to photograph Iraq war veterans for War is Personal in the first place? Eugene Richards: At the time, most of us who were questioning people didn’t buy [what we were being told] about weapons of mass destruction. It got to be crazy frustrating. I felt like that even before: after 9/11 I knew we were about to enter into 50 or 100 years of war, that this was going to be a pivotal point in changing all our lives – and it depressed me to death. I never went to Iraq and always felt I should have. Then the guys and women started coming home and I felt, I’ve got to do something. BJP: What …

2014-10-31T19:27:32+00:00

Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography: Marco Gualazzini

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Marco Gualazzini began documenting the conflict between the M23 rebels and the Congolese army in 2012. After winning the $10,000 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, he is now returning to the region to continue his work, reports Rachel Segal Hamilton BJP: Before starting this project, you’ve worked in Kivu in 2009. What made you return to document the situation there in 2012? Marco Gualazzini: I decided to go back because I have strong ties there, missionaries to whom I feel especially close. The Congo has also always fascinated me. It’s a vast land with an extremely tragic history of unresolved conflict, which has burst out over and over again with almost predictable timing for half a century, since the first massacres between Hutu and Tutsi in the sixties in Rwanda. When I started out in photojournalism, those were the years of the genocide and the photographers who most inspired me, like [James] Nachtwey or Gilles Peress, were working in Goma. Nachtwey says in an interview that after documenting the genocide they went on to …

2014-10-31T19:17:32+00:00

Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography: Samuel James

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Samuel James has been working in Nigeria for the past five years. For The Water of My Land, he documented the illicit oil trade on the Niger Delta. James will continue the project with the support of a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, reports Rachel Segal Hamilton BJP: What motivated you to document life in the Niger Delta and Nigeria’s clandestine oil trade? Samuel James: Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa, accounting for approximately half of sub-Saharan output, and the fifth largest supplier to the United States. As Africa’s second largest economy, oil accounts for almost 80 percent of the government’s revenue, yet very little trickles down to the people. In the Niger Delta, at the source of production, the vast majority of the population exists on less than a $1 a day in an increasingly ravaged environment – shut out from the billion dollar industry that pumps oil directly from their land. [bjp_ad_slot] This story is about the consequences of a system rooted in the unrelenting global consumption of oil. It …

2014-10-31T19:00:33+00:00

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