Month: March 2013

Magnum Photos approaches new audiences in deal with Vice magazine

“This is an opportunity for us to be seen by a new audience and to showcase work to people who might not have seen it,” says Jonathan Bell, Magnum’s publishing and editorial representative in London, of the agency’s new partnership with Vice magazine, an UK youth culture magazine. “Vice has a massive audience as does Magnum – although they are quite separate – so it seemed like a nice idea to introduce them to each other.” [bjp_ad_slot] The partnership was officially launched this week, with Vice magazine publishing its first interview in a series of photographer profiles. The inaugural interview features Christopher Anderson, who gives Vice’s readers an insight into his working practice and touches on various projects such as Capitolio and Son. It’s not the first time the magazine has partnered with Magnum and its photographers. Anderson was featured last August on the Vice website as part of Picture Perfect, a series of video profiles of photographers, and Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr and Antoine D’Agata have also been featured in recent years. “The online partnership with Magnum follows …


AFP v Morel case to be judged in September

Three years after Daniel Morel entered litigation against Agence France-Presse and Getty Images over the unauthorised distribution of some of his images, a trial date has been set. On 16 September, a jury will be asked to rule on some of the outstanding claims in what could become a landmark case for photographers. [bjp_ad_slot] The legal entanglements started in mid-2010 when Agence France-Presse sued freelance photographer Daniel Morel accusing the freelance photographer of engaging in an “antagonistic assertion of rights” when he complained that some of his images of the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake had been used without authorisation. When the disaster hit, Morel was in Port-au-Prince. According to a counter-claim the photographer filed against AFP, Morel spent most of that day photographing. With the help of a friend, he created a Twitter account in the username PhotoMorel, where he posted, through the Twitpic service, 13 images he had taken. Morel accuses AFP of distributing and selling his images without prior permission, and has countersued, alleging that AFP had violated the Copyright Act of 1976, …


Group mentality: How photographers can join forces to tackle the market

The Farm Security Administration photography programme, despite being more than 75 years old, continues to influence photographers today. It not only fostered photographers such as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Gordon Parks, but also put into focus the consequences of the most devastating financial crisis the US had been subjected to at the time. Five years ago, as the US and most of Europe faced a new financial meltdown, a group of photographers and writers led by Anthony Suau launched Facing Change: Documenting America. The collective was funded in the early days of the Obama administration to record the effects of economic and social change in the US. It has produced more than 50 stories, attracted photographers such as Stanley Greene and David Burnett, and signed a deal with the Library of Congress. [bjp_ad_slot] A growing number of photographers have developed similar approaches – bringing together talents around a specific theme or project. Laurence Butet-Roch is one of them. The Canadian photographer and journalist at Polka magazine has, for the past three years, been documenting the relationship between indigenous communities …


Study exposes social media sites that delete photographs’ metadata

The International Press Telecommunications Council has released a new study into the use of images by social media websites, finding that some of the most predominant ones, such as Facebook, Twitter and even Flickr, remove photographers’ metadata from images they host. The IPTC represents some of the world’s major news agencies, news publishers and news industry vendors. [bjp_ad_slot] “A social networking site is only as good as the information its members choose to share,” says Michael Steidl, IPTC’s managing director, in a statement. “If users provide rights data and descriptions within their images, these data shouldn’t be removed without their knowledge.” The IPTC has tested 15 social media websites, looking at how image sharing, through upload and download, affects the integrity of embedded metadata as defined by the IPTC standards and the Exif standards. The results show that Facebook and Flickr are some of the worst offenders, with most of the metadata removed from the original files uploaded. Twitter has also been found to remove Exif and IPTC metadata from its files. Google+, however, passed all of …


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