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In October, the pandemic and election started to get to Ami Vitale. "I was feeling overwhelmed with everything," says th...
11/16/2020

In October, the pandemic and election started to get to Ami Vitale. "I was feeling overwhelmed with everything," says the photographer, "and I had to do something." Vitale began connecting with National Geographic colleagues, and the result is a one-of-a-kind print sale that is raising money for conservation efforts. The sale features work from 85 photographers, including Joel Sartore, Katie Orlinsky, Anand Varma, David Doubilet, Danielle Zalcman, and Jim Richardson. All proceeds go to Conservation International to support "the people and communities on the front lines of conservation efforts," notes Vitale.https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/27562/trending-this-print-sale-supports-conservation-ef.html

Baron Wolman never forgot Jerry Garcia's missing finger. Wolman, the first staff photographer of Rolling Stone magazine,...
11/13/2020

Baron Wolman never forgot Jerry Garcia's missing finger. Wolman, the first staff photographer of Rolling Stone magazine, died November 2 following a battle with ALS. He was 83. The New York Times noted that of all the famous rock musicians he photographed, from Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa to Grace Slick and Janis Joplin, his session with Garcia stood out. He photographed Garcia waving, but after developing the film he noticed that much of Garcia's middle finger seemed to be missing -- some kind of trick on Garcia's part, he assumed. Only later did he realize that the finger really was missing. Plus more...
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/27551/what-we-learned-this-week-baron-wolman-rolling-s.html

You don't have to look hard to find controversy. The BBC recently told the story of Atlanta-based photographer Krys Alex...
11/12/2020

You don't have to look hard to find controversy. The BBC recently told the story of Atlanta-based photographer Krys Alex, who spoke out after a portrait she took and posted to Unsplash was used in a controversial UK ad campaign. Meanwhile, CNN focused on the story of a photoshoot involving Finland's Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, that has sparked a debate about sexism in the country. And Fstoppers reported on an uproar centering on photographer David Yarrow, who has been called out for "turning wildlife into an accessory."
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/27477/what-were-reading-photo-controversies-in-the-uk.html

11/12/2020
The EPSON International Pano Awards – Panoramic Photo Contest 2020

The winners of the 2020 Epson International Pano Awards, which celebrates panoramic photography, have been announced. The Open Photographer of the Year award goes to Canadian photographer Matt Jackisch for his image “Spring Hibernation, Squamish, B.C. Canada. “I find the more time I spend alone in nature, the quieter my mind gets. The quieter my mind gets, the more subtleties I notice in my surroundings. I only saw this tree because of that state of being,” notes Jackisch.

The EPSON International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the world's largest competition for panoramic photography.

Artist Andres Serrano is no stranger to inciting controversy with his work—and his latest outing, “Infamous” at New York...
11/12/2020
Photographer Andres Serrano Unveils What Is Likely Jeffrey Epstein's Final Portrait, Shot Just Months Before His Death | artnet News

Artist Andres Serrano is no stranger to inciting controversy with his work—and his latest outing, “Infamous” at New York’s Fotografiska, is no exception, notes Artnet News: The exhibition includes a portrait of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, shot just months before the disgraced financier’s apparent suicide while awaiting trial for sex trafficking. “I decided I had to put Jeffrey Epstein’s portrait in ‘Infamous’ because there’s no one more infamous than Jeffrey,” Serrano says.

"Andres Serrano: Infamous" at Fotografiska features photographs of historic racist imagery—along with Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump.

American Photography
11/11/2020

American Photography

After 26 yrs of bringing the creative community together for a night of celebrating, networking and debauchery, it's hard to believe that we're actually NOT having AI-AP's The PARTY tomorrow. We will MISS SEEING EVERYONE. Stay safe, and rest assured, The PARTY and all that it embodies will return! Party photo from 2016 by Steve Laxton.

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New York City-based portrait photographer Vanessa Guzzo says she has had a lifelong passion for capturing fleeting momen...
11/11/2020

New York City-based portrait photographer Vanessa Guzzo says she has had a lifelong passion for capturing fleeting moments of life, But the desire to preserve precious moments grew more intense after she became the mother of three (ages 9, 11 and 13). "Friends began to take notice and asked if I could photograph their children as well," she notes. Guzzo now offers maternity, newborn, baptism, communion, and family portraits, and in today's PPD Master Series sponsored by Tamron she talks about how she creates images that are both delightful and poignant.
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/27535/ppd-master-series-vanessa-guzzos-portraits-of-lo.html

"The St. Louis couple who are facing felony gun charges for pointing guns at protestors marching close to their home hav...
11/09/2020

"The St. Louis couple who are facing felony gun charges for pointing guns at protestors marching close to their home have found themselves in yet another legal dispute," notes PetaPixel. Attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey were indicted by a St. Louis grand jury on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence. But now, adds NewsRadio 1120 KMOX, the photographer who shot a viral photo of the couple has sent them a bill after discovering that they had turned his photo into greeting cards without permission.
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/27537/trending-gun-toting-couple-billed-by-photographer.html

In the days following George Floyd's murder, photographers Joshua Kissi and Micaiah Carter started talking about how the...
11/09/2020
See in Black: How a Collective of Black Photographers Kickstarted a Revolution

In the days following George Floyd's murder, photographers Joshua Kissi and Micaiah Carter started talking about how the popular consciousness sees Black lives. “My skin color is weaponized and radicalized in so many different ways,” Kissi tells GQ. He and Carter invited fellow Black photographers Anthony Coleman, Florian Koenigsberger, Andre D. Wagner, and Dani Kwateng to join them in a collective called See In Black. Documentation, in photography and film, has become essential to the survival and prosperity of Black lives in America, notes GQ

Black photographers creating their own channel to tell Black stories.

The winning image of the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards pretty much sums up our feelings about 2020. Mark Fitzp...
11/09/2020
Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards :: Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards - Conservation through Competition

The winning image of the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards pretty much sums up our feelings about 2020. Mark Fitzpatrick’s winning picture, titled “Terry the Turtle flipping the bird,” was selected from 7,000 entries that cam from around the world. Fitzpatrick took the photo while he was swimming with the turtles off Lady Elliot Island in Queensland, Australia. The Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award goes to Roland Kranitz for his shot of a singing spermophile (a genus of ground squirrels) titled “O Sole Mio!”

What an incredible awards night that was…. Our first online awards, and so many of you tuned in to see our winners unveiled. Although we really do prefer to hear the oohs and aahs, generate the cheers, hear the rapturous applause, and crown the winner personally, online awards do allow ever...

Brands are closing. Magazines are folding or becoming digital. Culture is moving fast, and the arbiters of style have be...
11/06/2020

Brands are closing. Magazines are folding or becoming digital. Culture is moving fast, and the arbiters of style have been unable to pivot convincingly from a position that champions a narrow vision of beauty. Meanwhile, the pandemic has only made the crisis more acute. For the last century, fashion photographers have celebrated the work of great designers while making nods to wider societal moods and shifts in politics and identity. But the New York Times wondered recently whether the fashion photograph, at least as we know it, can survive. Plus more...
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/27516/what-we-learned-this-week-why-fashion-photography.html

In August, the board of the Magnum Photos agency voted to suspend American photojournalist David Alan Harvey while it ca...
11/06/2020
Magnum Photos Has Suspended Photojournalist David Alan Harvey Following Allegations of Harassment | artnet News

In August, the board of the Magnum Photos agency voted to suspend American photojournalist David Alan Harvey while it carried out an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. Now, reports Artnet News, the agency has issued a formal suspension of one year. Magnum will not represent Harvey’s archive during that punitive period. It’s the first time in the agency’s history that a member has been suspended—and it comes amid a wider reckoning for the organization, adds AN.

The complaint came after Harvey’s 1980’s-era series documenting underage sex workers in Thailand stoked controversy.

David Gilkey joined NPR in 2007. He died on assignment in Helmand, Afghanistan, in 2016, when he and NPR Afghan interpre...
11/04/2020

David Gilkey joined NPR in 2007. He died on assignment in Helmand, Afghanistan, in 2016, when he and NPR Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna were killed by a Taliban ambush of the convoy they were traveling with. In between, as President Barack Obama noted after Gilkey's death, the photographer "captured a breadth of truths across the world and showed the humanity of those he photographed, even under the most difficult circumstances." A new book from powerHouse, "Pictures of the Radio," now brings together Gilkey's work, including images taken on assignments in Afghanistan, Haiti, and elsewhere around the world.
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/27442/books-the-work-of-npr-photojournalist-david-gilke.html

French photographer Greg Lecoeur is the winner of Photo of the Year award in the 2020 Siena International Photography Aw...
11/04/2020
Breathtaking Winners of the 2020 Siena International Photography Awards

French photographer Greg Lecoeur is the winner of Photo of the Year award in the 2020 Siena International Photography Awards for his image of Crabeater seals frolicking around an iceberg. South African photojournalist Brent Stirton received the Best Author Award for work related to wildlife and conservation. His series Pangolins in Crisis, which focuses on the plight of the world's most illegally trafficked mammals, also won the Storyboard category, notes My Modern Met. Entries are now being accepted for the 2021 edition.

The Siena Awards has just announced its amazing winners!

In October we unveiled the 10 finalists. Today we are pleased to announce the winner of the American Photography Open 20...
11/03/2020

In October we unveiled the 10 finalists. Today we are pleased to announce the winner of the American Photography Open 2020 competition: Dhaka, Bangladesh-based photographer Azim Khan Ronnie, who takes this year's top prize for his photograph "Drying Incense." On the advice of a Vietnamese photographer friend, Ronnie traveled to Quang Phu Cau, a village on the outskirts of Hanoi that has become famous in recent years for its production of incense. There, over four hours, he documented women involved in the laborious process of incense production using a drone. "This photograph represents the empowerment and creativity of these women," says Ronnie.
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/27404/american-photography-open-2020-meet-grand-prize-w.html

Fake news is not new. While our modern society comes to grips with "deepfake" videos and the use of social media to crea...
11/02/2020

Fake news is not new. While our modern society comes to grips with "deepfake" videos and the use of social media to create false narratives in order to sway elections, it's worth noting that such manipulation has long been part of politics. A video from About Photography examines how Richard Nixon hijacked a picture by Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt to create a famous campaign poster during his run for the presidency in 1960. The picture, taken in 1959, showed then Vice President Nixon arguing with Soviet lead Nikita Khrushchev. But about what?.
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/27454/what-were-watching-how-richard-nixon-stole-a-f.html

11/02/2020
Slow Motion Sneeze in 4K - The Slow Mo Guys with Dr Anthony Fauci

The latest video from YouTube stars The Slow Mo Guys has been endorsed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, notes HuffPost. Gavin Free, one of half of the British duo famed for their spectacular slow-motion footage of random events, filmed himself speaking at a thousand frames a second (in 4K) while backlit with and without his mouth covered. He then showed the footage to Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who described it as a “graphically beautiful demonstration of the importance of wearing masks.”

Somethings were never meant to be seen at 1000fps in 4K. I'd include this subject as one of them. Gav coughs, sneezes and talks in ultra backlit slow motion ...

Boom, a Milan-headquartered tech startup, has raised $7 million in Series A funding in a bid to become, as TechCrunch no...
11/02/2020
Boom raises $7M Series A in bid to become the ‘Amazon for commercial photography’ – TechCrunch

Boom, a Milan-headquartered tech startup, has raised $7 million in Series A funding in a bid to become, as TechCrunch notes, the “Amazon for commercial photography." The company says it has created its own proprietary Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology that allows Boom to trim down a photographer’s work to the “bare essentials” and handles everything else, from logistics to post-production, adds PetaPixel. The technology will provide a way for companies to purchase “high-quality” images affordably, on a global scale, says Boom.

Milan-headquartered scale-up Boom, which offers a two-sided tech platform to let companies book and manage commercial photo shoots, has raised $7 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Italy’s United Ventures, with the participation from Wellness Holding. It will be used to support the p...

As a graduate student at Yale, Endia Beal studied photography. But her time working in the school’s IT department provid...
11/02/2020
Am I What You’re Looking For?

As a graduate student at Yale, Endia Beal studied photography. But her time working in the school’s IT department provided another kind of inspiration. There, the desire a co-worker expressed to touch her hair — a common and discomfiting experience for Black women — became fuel for an artistic interrogation, notes The Atlantic, which features Beal’s new book Performance Review. “When you are not deemed professional,” says Beal, “your personal space becomes invaded.”

Photographs at the intersection of race, gender, and work

It's election season. And if you elect to, you can catch up on some reading from the past month. Learn about a state-of-...
10/28/2020

It's election season. And if you elect to, you can catch up on some reading from the past month. Learn about a state-of-the-at neural network that could revolutionize video streaming. Find out why drive-in theater screenings now count toward Academy Award eligibility. Discover why old-school photographs from the 1980s might lead police to a serial killer. Learn about five mistakes that could hold back your photo career. Still thinking about the fly that crashed the vice-presidential debate? See how artists have used flies to make points throughout history. And more.
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/27410/what-were-reading-a-month-of-trends-opinion-and.html

As the official photographer for Joe Biden's presidential campaign, Adam Schultz has been traveling all over the US with...
10/28/2020
Interview: Joe Biden's official photographer Adam Schultz – "Every day I get to do this is a special day"

As the official photographer for Joe Biden's presidential campaign, Adam Schultz has been traveling all over the US with the candidate. DP Review recently talked with Schultz about what it means to shoot for a presidential campaign, how 2020 differs from previous election cycles, and why he can't wait until it's possible to take pictures of people without masks on. “[F]irst and foremost, the campaign – and Vice President Biden – has said, ‘safety first.’ Wear a mask, get tested, all that stuff,” he notes. Town & Country also talks with Schultz.

Joe Biden's official campaign photographer Adam Schultz is a busy man. We spoke to him recently about what it means to shoot for a presidential campaign, how 2020 is different, and why he can't wait for the day we can take our masks off.

With many Americans on lockdown, social media has been a vital form of communication — but one that is also driving dang...
10/28/2020
A Photographer's Journey Through American Conspiracies

With many Americans on lockdown, social media has been a vital form of communication — but one that is also driving dangerous conspiracies, from QAnon to fake claims that covid-19 is a hoax. Jamie Lee Curtis Taete, an L.A.-based photographer originally from England, spent more than a year covering American political rallies and protests he mostly found on Facebook, and he began to see the conspiracies manifest themselves through the believers caught in the fervor of misinformation, notes Time magazine.

A photographer over a year documenting rallies and protests he found on Facebook. His photos show America through the lens conspiracies

Last summer, a group of photography collectives launched a Photo Bill of Rights to advocate for “lens-based workers” — a...
10/28/2020
Why Photographers Need Their Own Bill of Rights

Last summer, a group of photography collectives launched a Photo Bill of Rights to advocate for “lens-based workers” — a term they use to encompass photographers, videographers, and other creators within visual journalism. They have since garnered signatures from almost 2,500 individuals and 50 organizations, all of whom have signed on to challenge the visual bias of white supremacy and to increase transparency and inclusivity in the photo industry. Hyperallergic looks into the document, and a controversy surrounding its call for “informed consent” from those appearing in images.

Recently a group of photography collectives launched a Photo Bill of Rights to advocate for “lens-based workers,” to challenge the visual bias of white supremacy, and to increase transparency and inclusivity in the photo industry.

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