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ASMP has put out a call to photographers to help protest proposed IRS reporting rules for all business transactions over $600. The new rules, which are scheduled to take effect in 2012, are intended to capture income tax revenue from transactions that might otherwise go unreported. But the proposed rule... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Photographer Mannie Garcia has withdrawn his claim of copyright ownership to the photograph behind the famous Barack Obama "Hope" poster image. The image is at the center of a lawsuit between Associated Press and and artist Shepard Fairey, who used the photograph without permission to create the campaign poster. AP... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at PDN Pulse
A Detroit area ad agency has put out a call for photographers to shoot car beauty shots on spec. Latcha + Associates of Farmington Hills, Michigan has distributed an electronic brochure called "Shoot a Sample" that tells photographers they can "assist in collaborating and evolving the style of a major... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Herman Leonard, who shot iconic images of jazz greats including Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and others, died August 14 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was leukemia. He was 87. Leonard attended Ohio University to study photography in the 1940s, and served in the medical corps during... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Business is apparently grim for NB Pictures, the agency that represent Sebastiao Salgado, Simon Norfolk, and 8 other photographers. Owner Neil Burgess, who was previously head of Network Photographers in London and the New York and London offices of Magnum Photos, has jumped onto the "photojournalism is dead" bandwagon in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Photojournalist Lee Lockwood, who gained exclusive access to regimes in Cuba, North Vietnam and other communist countries during the 1960s, died July 31 near his home in Weston, Florida, The New York Times has reported. The cause of death was complications from diabetes. He was 78. Lockwood is best known... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Back in May, we reported the case of AFP v. Morel, in which AFP allegedly downloaded and distributed photographer Daniel Morel's exclusive Haitian earthquake photos without permission. After he sought compensation from AFP, the wire service sued him for defending his rights too aggressively. Now comes another case in which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2010 at PDN Pulse
The Committee to Protect Journalists has concluded that the Thai government has "done little to bring anyone to account" for the deaths of dozens of people and injuries of hundreds at anti-government protests in Bangkok this past spring. Among the dead were freelance photographer Fabio Polenghi of Italy and Reuters... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Nandita Raman and Elizabeth Moreno took home the first prizes in the Project and Work-in-Progress categories, respectively, of the 2010 Daylight / Center for Documentary Studies Photo Awards last Saturday. Moreno's project, titled "Far from the Cities, Close to Earth" explores the lives of Mexican "rancheros" in Baja California, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Since one of its oil wells blew out in the Gulf of Mexico more than three months ago, BP has demonstrated a certain aversion to the truth about the disaster and its consequences. Against that backdrop, The Washington Post has reported that Gawker and other blogs have so far identified... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Photographer and cameraman Wes Skiles, who explored, mapped, and filmed caves around the world for three decades, died Wednesday afternoon while on a dive near Palm Beach, Florida. He was 53. Diving companions found Skiles unconscious on the ocean floor near a reef, shortly after he had signaled to them... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Today's New York Times includes a story about a jury verdict and $20 million judgment against Corbis for stealing trade secrets and defrauding a Seattle start-up company called InfoFlows, which had been hired to help the stock agency develop an image fingerprinting and tracking system to fight online infringement. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Video sharing site Vimeo has announced that it has added Creative Commons licensing options for its members. The new feature enables video creators to specify--and thereby limit--the rights of others to copy, distribute, and make derivatives of videos posted to Vimeo. Vimeo says it has added Creative Commons licensing options... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Edith Shain, who claimed to be the nurse embraced by a jubilant World War II sailor in the famous Times Square photograph by Life photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, has died. She was 91, according to several news organizations reporting her death. Eisenstaedt's photo shows the sailor clutching the nurse as he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Getty Images, which has been licensing a selected collection of Flickr images since March 2009, has opened its licensing doors to the Flickr masses. Flickr members can now "opt in" to a program that makes their images available for licensing through Getty. That doesn't mean Getty will promote the work... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Self-indulgence may be out of control, thanks in part to technology. The Web is flooded with All-About-Me personal blogs and snapshots that in pre-Flickr days would have remained hidden in shoe boxes. But where there's so much dross, there are bound to be a few gems, and here we present... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Tomorrow--Saturday, June 12--is the entry deadline for the Photographic Center Northwest's 15th Annual Photographic Competition Exhibition. The competition is open to all photographers internationally, all photographic processes, and all themes. The juror, Denise Wolff of Aperture, is looking for work that represents a larger, cohesive body of work. She will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Seattle photographer Mike Hipple reports that he has run out of money to defend himself against a copyright infringement claim by a sculptor, and he's now trying to raise money by selling a self-published book. "My lawyer recently [quit] on me because I cannot keep up with the legal costs,"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at PDN Pulse
For Audubon magazine, a leading publication for nature and environment stories from around the world, the Gulf oil spill disaster is an all-hands-on-deck story. "We've had many meetings trying to figure out how to handle it because we've never had to cover a disaster on this scale," says photo editor... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at PDN Pulse
Among the problems facing Africa are war, starvation, disease, and the somewhat myopic media of the northern hemisphere (mostly the US and Europe) that can't see much beyond the human tragedies of the continent. That, at least, is the view of many Africans, including Victor Acquah, who has just launched... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2010 at PDN Pulse