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Photographer Charles Peterson Captured the Birth of Grunge Music in Seattle

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Charles Peterson is known for being one of the primary photographers on the forefront of the grunge music scene when it emerged from the Seattle underground during the 80s and 90s. He was able to capture images showing the movement from its inception through the days of bands such as Nirvana becoming huge commercial successes in the music industry.
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Fox and Getty Team Up to Promote Movie with Stock Photos Featuring Vince Vaughn and Co.

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20th Century Fox has come up with an unusual way to promote its upcoming film Unfinished Business. Teaming up with Getty Images and its iStock service, the studio has created a series of generic-looking stock photos showing Vince Vaughn and his co-stars in a corporate atmosphere.
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external There’s a Very Sad (Former) Leica Owner in Chicago —Chicago Tribune

Some poor Leica owner in Chicago lost quite a bit in gear recently. Here’s a crime incident reported by the Chicago Tribune‘s Police Blotter:

Residents of the first block of Linden Avenue told police Feb. 24 that someone got into their home between 11:15 a.m. Feb. 22 and 6 p.m. Feb. 24, and stole more than $36,000 worth of goods without tripping the home’s burglar alarm. The losses included a Leica camera valued at $25,000, camera lenses valued at a total of $10,000, 12 bottles of wine valued at a total of $1,000 and two boxes of cigars. Police said a friend of one member of the family, who was invited to stay overnight on Feb. 20, might have committed the burglary. The residents told police they suspect the same person stole $1,000 in cash when a family member invited the person to stay overnight Feb. 20.

 
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A Handmade Wooden Leica Rangefinder Complete with Two Interchangeable Lenses

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Check out this handmade Leica rangefinder replica crafted out of wood. It has quite a bit of detail, a viewfinder you can look through, an iconic red dot, and two wooden lenses that you can actually swap on and off the lens mount.
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external Dumb Photos for Dumb People —Medium

Respected photojournalist Kenneth Jarecke has written up a great piece on the state of the photojournalism industry.

How do you keep publishing great images?

You can no longer afford to hire great photographers. If you could afford them, you’d still have to get them to sign a work-for-hire agreement, which the great ones won’t do. Well, a few of them will, but you need to properly compensate them, put them on staff, and float them a low interest loan on their upstate, weekend home. So that’s not happening, because remember, you’ve got no money. To make matters worse, the day-rate you offer freelance photographers hasn’t risen in 25 years. You can only keep them in the field for a minuscule amount of time, and you’ve still got to somehow grab their copyright.

What do you do?

 
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Photographer Proposes by Flashing the Big Question Onto His Girlfriend’s Portrait Backdrop

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Three years ago, photographer Marvin Lewis and his then-girlfriend-of-5-years Amanda Marie began an annual tradition of doing a photo shoot on their anniversary. For this year’s photo shoot on the couple’s 8th annivesary, Lewis decided to make it extra special by asking Amanda to marry him.

The way he popped the question involves photography in a clever way: he projected the big question onto the studio backdrop using his off-camera flash, allowing Amanda to see it when she reviewed the photo on the back of the DSLR.
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external Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart Launches See University —SeeU

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Well-known celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart has launched a new website called See University (AKA SeeU). It’s a subscription-based educational resource through which Cowart will share “everything he knows.” There are 75 videos so far with more on the way. Subscriptions start at $497 for the Basic plan up to $2,997 for the VIP package.

 
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Steven Spielberg to Direct Jennifer Lawrence in Biopic About War Photog Lynsey Addario

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If you’re a fan of both photography and major Hollywood movies, there’s an upcoming film to add to your “must watch” list. Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct a war photographer biopic with actress Jennifer Lawrence as photojournalist Lynsey Addario.

The film will be based on Addario’s new memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.
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Nikon Expanding Into Medical Devices with $400M Acquisition of Retinal Imaging Firm

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Last year Nikon announced that it had set aside $1.96 billion for mergers and acquisitions into new industries in order to diversity from the camera industry that had grown the 98-year-old company to greatness.

The Japanese company is now using a portion of that cash pile on its first major expansion purchase: a £259M (~$400M) acquisition of the Scottish retinal imaging firm Optos.
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Portraits of Rescued Dogs and the Tattooed Owners Who Saved Them

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Since 2012, photographer Brian Batista has been shooting an ongoing project titled Tattoos & Rescues. It’s a series of portraits that seeks to combat the negative stereotypes surrounding both rescue dogs and tattooed people. The photos are meant to show that looks can be deceiving, and you should get to know both dogs and people before judging them based on outward appearances.
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