Taking Photos Without Consent is Like Unwanted Touching: SF Street Fair

Folsom Street Fair, the annual BSDM fair in San Francisco, upset photographers in 2016 with its “Ask First” campaign that asked photographers to receive permission before taking photos of people on the public streets of the fair. This year, the same event organizers have released a warning that compares taking photos without consent to sexual assault. The PSA image, was uploaded by Folsom Street Events to the page for Up Your Alley, a leather and fetish street fair held yesterday on Folsom Street in SF. It reads: “Gear is not consent. Nudity is not consent. Ask first before
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Nat Geo: We Went ‘Too Far’ in Linking Starving Polar Bear to Climate Change

In December 2017, viral images of a starving polar bear in Canada captured the world’s attention. Now National Geographic is saying it went “too far” in saying that the images show “what climate change is like.” The video was captured by photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier on Somerset Island in the Canadian Arctic. After Nicklen posted the video on Instagram with the caption, “This is what starvation looks like,” Nat Geo picked it up and added its own captions. Here’s the 1.5-minute video that National Geographic originally published:
The video quickly became the most viewed video on
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Burger Chain Uses Photojournalist’s Beheading Image for Ad

The Washington DC burger chain Z Burger is apologizing this week after it used a picture from photojournalist James Foley’s beheading to promote its food. Last Saturday, Z-Burger posted a Tweet (shown above) with the words: “When you say you want a burger and someone says okay lets hit McDonald’s 👀.” And underneath was a composite image of a burger next to an image of Foley from his 2014 execution video, shortly before he was beheaded by ISIS. The caption reads: “You disgrace me.” James Foley was an American photojournalist who was abducted in 2012 while covering the
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NY Daily News Cuts All Photographers

The New York Daily News slashed its editorial staff in half this week, and among the casualties of the layoffs was the entire team of photographers. The paper, which called itself “New York’s Picture Newspaper” for over 70 years, now has zero staff photographers. NPPA reports that all 10 NY Daily News staff photographers had their positions eliminated in the layoffs, and two positions were cut from the photo editing staff. The photographers who lost their jobs were Anthony DelMundo, Debbie Egan-Chin, James Keivom, Todd Maisel, Ken Murray, Andrew Savulich, Howard Simmons, Susan Watts, Marcus Santos and Jefferson Siegel.
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Forgotten No More, Or: This is Why Photography Matters

Often it is the backstory and the small stories behind a set of pictures that brings it all together. I posted the above picture back in 2011, photographed on film and included in a set of photos from an abandoned dye-works in Somerset, UK. At the time I said this about it:
I love things like this, the little relics of real people with real lives, people that simply called places like this ‘work’.
I’ve been back to this place, Tone Mills, many times since, but sadly that photo has long since disintegrated. Last summer, after a chance conversation, I
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This Instagram Account Shows How Instagram Photos Look the Same

@insta_repeat is a new Instagram account that reveals the “visual sameness” of photos being posted to Instagram. Each collage shows photos by unrelated photographers that look remarkably similar. The account’s bio reads: “Déjà Vu Vibes 🌲 Wander. Roam. Replicate.” Each photo in each collage is tagged with the user that uploaded it.

Back of SUV in the wild with feet in frame

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Feet in front of Horseshoe Bend 🍁

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Photographer Outs Herself as Mystery Donor of $5.5M to Female Artists

In 1996, a mysterious program called Anonymous Was a Woman began giving $25,000 with no questions asked to 10 underrecognized female artists over the age of 40. Now, 22 years and $5.5 million later, the anonymous benefactor behind the program has finally stepped forward: she’s 77-year-old photographer Susan Unterberg. The photographer revealed her identity to the New York Times saying that “it’s a great time for women to speak up. I feel I can be a better advocate having my own voice.”

French Army Photographers Are Good at Not Attracting Attention

Photographer Paul Grayson recently attended the bi-annual Eurosatory 2018 defense and security expo in Paris, France. While there, he caught a glimpse of stealthy French military photographers wearing ghillie suits and holding Nikon and Canon DSLRs. “The French Army reconnaissance team duo still use ‘traditional’ Nikon body and telephoto lens combos,” Grayson tells Nikon Rumors. “The sniper spotters of the Gendarmerie’s GIGN [the elite national police tactical unit], on the other hand, use Canon,” Grayson tells PetaPixel. “The reconnaissance team image makes me think: ‘Nice to see the French Army continuing to include our favorite “old technology” in their reconnaissance
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‘Tasteless’ Photos of Poor Indians Bring Backlash for World Press Photo

World Press Photo is at the receiving end of sharp criticism today for a series of photos on its Instagram account showing poverty-stricken Indians standing in front of tables laden with feasts. The set of photos were posted on Sunday (and are still online) as part of an “Instagram takeover” of the World Press Photo account by Italian photographer Alessio Mamo.

92-Year-Old Photographer Loses 65-Year-Old Photo Business to Tornado

An EF-3 tornado ripped through Marshalltown, Iowa, last Thursday, and one of the victims of the disaster was a 92-year-old photographer named Harold Cline. After seeking shelter from the storm, Cline returned to his work to find that his 65-year-old business had been destroyed. “It felt like as the better part of my life is gone,” Cline tells WeAreIowa.

Cline started his photography business over
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Guy Proposes to His Photographer Girlfriend with a Camera Tattoo

Charlene Trickey is a professional photographer based in Florida and the owner of Trickey Photography. When her boyfriend Travis Durham proposed to Charlene yesterday, he did it with a large tattoo on his thigh with a vintage camera and the words: “Can’t Picture Myself Without You. WYMM?” Note: The videos below contain some strong language. A box next to “WYMM” was left empty for Charlene to check if/when she accepted the proposal. “Travis called me to come pick him up, and when I came in the [tattoo] shop he went to show me his “new tattoo” on his
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Photog Dog-Piled by Croatia at World Cup Given 7-Day Croatia Vacation

The photographer who was dog-piled by celebrating Croatian soccer players at the World Cup — and who gained worldwide fame by continuing to shoot as it happened — has been given a 7-day vacation to Croatia by the country. The Croatian National Tourist Board extended the invitation to Cortez, who’s the Chief Photographer of AFP Mexico:

This Drone Hovered Dangerously Close to an Airliner Takeoff

A new drone video has emerged that has people shaking their heads. The 2-minute clip shows a drone hovering a short distance away from an airport runway while an Airbus A380, the largest commercial airliner with seating for up to 525 people, takes off and whizzes right past the drone. Fstoppers reports that the Emirates A380 was taking off from runway 14 of Plaine Magnien Airport on Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean. While the exact distance between the drone and the airliner is difficult to gauge from the video, it’s sufficiently clear that the drone is hovering too close
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Ethical Exif (EE) for Wildlife Photos

One of my least favorite shots from Sani lodge now serves as a constant reminder of poor practice to me. This subject was one of many subjects collected by Tropical Herping working on a photographic field manual of Herps in Ecuador. This parrot snake (Leptophis ahaetulla) was played with. It was grabbed by the tail and gently swirled in circles. Then it was gently batted about the head, to engage in defensive gaping (an open-mouthed threat display). This occurs naturally to a certain extent, but with more stress, the defensive gape is held for longer. There were more than 30
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Kodak Bitcoin Mining ‘Scam’ Killed by SEC

Back in January, the tech world balked when a Kodak-branded Bitcoin miner called the Kodak KashMiner was unveiled at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. It seems that photography and cryptocurrency enthusiasts weren’t the only ones that balked: the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) actually blocked the KashMiner from moving forward. BBC News reports that the Kodak KashMiner scheme collapsed after critics called the product a “scam” and the SEC responded by halting its sale. What’s more, Kodak tells the BBC that the third-party company behind the Kodak-branded miner, Spotlite USA, never officially licensed the Kodak brand for
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FIFA to Broadcasters: Stop Zooming In on ‘Hot Women’

The 2018 World Cup came to an end yesterday, but FIFA has a warning for broadcasters and their camera operators moving forward: stop zooming in on “hot women” in the stands during soccer matches. BBC Sport reports that the warning was issued by Federico Addiechi, the diversity boss of soccer’s world governing body, in an effort to combat sexism. “We’ve done it with individual broadcasters. We’ve done it with our host broadcast services,” Addiechi tells BBC Sport. He says that cracking down on cutaway shots of attractive female fans will be something FIFA will do as part of its “normal
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Fujifilm Launches Provia 100F-Flavored Instant Noodles

Fujifilm has launched its latest Film Simulation product: this time, they’re instant noodles. And no, it’s not a photo filter look that’s named “instant noodles” — Fujifilm literally released some real instant noodles. The instant noodles are being released by Fujifilm Korea as part of a promotional giveaway. The outside of each limited edition instant noodle cup has a design that makes it look like a roll of Fujifilm Provia 100F film. The noodles inside are actually “hot and tangy kimchi” flavored. Thankfully, water is used to prepare the noodles, not film development chemicals. If you’re based in South Korea,
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Homeland Security Says Photography Could Be a Sign of Terrorism

Homeland Security is running a campaign to teach Americans how to “recognize the signs of terrorism-related suspicious activity,” and one of the signs to look out for is photography. Here’s the alert the Department of Homeland Security Tweeted on Monday:

“Did you know photography and surveillance could be a sign of terrorism-related suspicious activity?” DHS warns. “If you
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I Helped Judge the 2018 Audubon Photography Contest. Here’s How We Did It.

In late 2017 Sabine Meyer, the Photography Director of the National Audubon Society, approached me to join the jury for their annual photography awards contest following an introduction by wildlife and conservation photographer Melissa Groo. Melissa and I have served on the faculty of the Photography at the Summit Nature Workshop for the past several… The post I Helped Judge the 2018 Audubon Photography Contest. Here’s How We Did It. appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

I Helped Judge the 2018 Audubon Photography Contest. Here’s How We Did It.

In late 2017 Sabine Meyer, the Photography Director of the National Audubon Society, approached me to join the jury for their annual photography awards contest following an introduction by wildlife and conservation photographer Melissa Groo. Melissa and I have served on the faculty of the Photography at the Summit Nature Workshop for the past several… The post I Helped Judge the 2018 Audubon Photography Contest. Here’s How We Did It. appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.