Month: April 2013

Kodak sells two businesses to its own UK pension plan, in $650m deal

“It is an unusual deal, maybe the first of its kind,” says Laura Quatela, president of the Eastman Kodak Company and its personalised imaging business. The deal, which should allow Kodak to emerge from bankruptcy protection, will see the firm sell its personalised imaging and document imaging businesses to its own UK Kodak Pension Plan (KPP). The KPP is a “defined benefit pension plan” for current and former Kodak employees (6230 deferred members and 8610 pensioners), with assets of around £1bn and a deficit of around £1.9bn. [bjp_ad_slot] As part of the agreement, the current pension scheme will close and members will be offered the chance to join a new scheme. KPP will take ownership of both Kodak’s legacy businesses for $650m, while dropping more than $2.8bn of claims it has filed against Kodak. KPP will use both businesses to finance the pensions of the 14,840 plans it manages. “The Kodak Pension Plan in the UK is Eastman Kodak’s largest creditor in its bankruptcy,” Quatela tells BJP. “In one way or another, that liability needed to be addressed. I think this …


EyeEm photo-sharing app aims to enable photographers to sell their images

“Your photos will always remain yours and nothing will ever be done with them without your consent. Being photographers ourselves, there’s nothing we value more than our community’s rights and privacy. If a platform makes benefits, it must be through an opt-in program and revenue-sharing with the creators. Period.” This statement, published by EyeEm on 18 December 2012, was released a few hours after the photo-sharing, Facebook-owned application Instagram found itself in a controversy when it announced that it would start using its contributors’ images in advertisements. [bjp_ad_slot] EyeEm had been around for more than a year when this controversy erupted. Until then, it had failed to make major inroads in the bitterly contested mobile photo-sharing scene. But this statement, and Instagram’s users’ anger, would put the small Berlin-based company on the map. “The idea for EyeEm goes back to 2010, when a few friends came together after they realised the potential of mobile photography,” says Severin Matusek, EyeEm’s head of content and community. “One of our founders, Florian Meissner, was working for a photography magazine in New York and, during …


Which Way is the Front Line From Here?: a documentary tribute to Tim Hetherington

“I don’t really care about photography. I’m interested in engaging people with ideas and views of the world,” Tim Hetherington once said. This sentence has defined the journalist’s career and is now the focus of Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, an HBO documentary directed by Sebastian Junger. [bjp_ad_slot] On 20 April 2011, Hetherington and his colleagues – Guy Martin, Chris Hondros and Michael Christopher Brown – came under attack in Misrata, Libya. Suffering from shrapnel wounds, the award-winning photographer and filmmaker bled out and died on the way to a makeshift hospital. While Junger’s documentary opens and closes on that fateful day, the filmmaker, with whom Hetherington worked on the Oscar-nominated Restrepo, attempts to explain, via interviews with his colleagues, friends and family, what made Hetherington a different kind of journalist. Using footage shot by Hetherington and his colleagues, the documentary takes us from Sri Lanka to Liberia and Afghanistan – countries that have influenced the way Hetherington approached the photographic medium. “Photography liberated me from the workplace,” he …


Beyond the Pulitzer Prize, the realities of covering the Syrian civil war

“The sound of artillery fire and attack aircraft fills the air. An L-39 MIG aircraft circles above. Death on this day will come in the form of a free-falling bomb or, worse, a missile strike like the one that ripped through Dar Al-Shifa Hospital on 21/11/2012,” writes Javier Manzano, a freelance photographer and stringer for Agence France-Presse. “As the rebels go house-to-house in search of loyalist troops – each side monitoring the other through the sound of broken glass and debris cracking under their shoes – a rebel lieutenant moves up the stairs of an empty apartment block. The scent of decaying matter emanates from a pool of coagulated blood at the top of the staircase, which, judging by its size, must have come from an injury that cost a man his life. [bjp_ad_slot] “The use of tanks forces the rebels to take cover from shells that explode on the sides of the buildings around them. A mortar round erodes the cover provided to them by an apartment block on the verge of collapse. “A rebel …


Keep it Simple: Alternative to iPad apps for photography books

The concept of publishing a digital version of a book isn’t new – the first popular eBooks were published in the early 1990s and today, with the advent of Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad, the market for electronic versions of printed publications is booming. But some authors and photographers have tried to push the boundaries further with fully-fledged interactive experiences, especially on the iPad. [bjp_ad_slot] For example, in 2011 Kadir van Lohuizen released Via Pan Am, a year-long visual diary with accompanying texts created and updated as he travelled from the tip of South America to the top of northern Canada, focusing on stories about migration. Documentary makers have been at the fore, with Christopher Anderson, Carl de Keyzer and John Vink releasing their own iPad apps, each of which attempted to enrich the experience of work that was – or would have been – traditionally published in print. Ed Kashi also chose the dedicated app route, spending close to $5000 to produce an enhanced version of his book, Photojournalisms. Few of these apps have …


Archives of the future

It is certainly a truism to say that we’re taking more images than ever before, the majority of which are created and stored digitally. RAID and cloud storage services are widely used by individual photographers, but for gallery and museum archivists these approaches don’t offer 100 percent security in the long term. [bjp_ad_slot] Digital data stored on RAID multiple disk drives must be migrated every few years as drives wear out and need to be updated and replaced, while cloud storage – no matter how safe it is purported to be – is no substitute for a hard copy of an image. There is also the issue of human error that may come into play, or the possibility that a future archivist may delete important digital files to make room for others without properly looking at what is being deleted. Ultimately, no matter how safe current digital archival approaches are claimed to be, there is no guarantee that the files stored on hard drives will survive 50, 100 or more years into the future. Two …


BJP Staff