Musician Beyoncé has a love/hate relationship with the camera; or maybe it’s a hate/hate relationship. Regardless, her views on the subject came out at a recent show in Atlanta where the singer — who has gone so far as to ban pro photography entirely — told a fan to “Put that D**n Camera Down.” Read more…
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Mystery solved: Beyonce is so riled up about restricting photographer access because she’s hell-bent on projecting an image somewhere between “Photoshopped” and “impossible.”
That’s the impression from the the pop star’s latest ad campaign, in which she sports body proportions that make her look like she stepped straight from a U.N. refugee camp into a Paris couture salon.
Want to experience what it’s like to shoot a live concert? Montreal, Canada-based concert photographer Pierre Bourgault wants to show you. When he recently had the opportunity to photograph a performance by the band Dead To Me, Bourgault decided to strap a Gopro camera to the top of his DSLR. The video above is what resulted.
How do you solve the problem of professional concert photographers snapping unflattering photos of you during your live shows? One way is to ban them completely, and that’s exactly what Beyonce is doing with her latest concert tour. Policies like hers may be growing in popularity among artists who want to control their image, but the policy is still causing quite a hoopla.
In 1965, amateur photographer Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get police to escort him stage-side at the historic Beatles concert in Shea Stadium. Now, almost 50 years later, he has sold all 61 of the images he captured there for a whopping £30,000 (or about $45,500). The story involves a little bit of bravery, a little bit of trickery, and a lot of luck.
It’s an unfortunate truth in the world of concert photography that some bands refuse to issue press passes to “small time” local music photographers. The Killers are one such band.
After the group performed in Dublin earlier this month, music website GoldenPlec wasn’t able to send a photographer, so it decided to think outside the box to “get around” the ban. Instead of publishing actual photos of The Killers, the site featured LEGO recreations depicting what the show was like.
Redditor bottleface was watching the live stream of Jay-Z’s first annual “Budweiser Made in America” festival this past weekend, when something caught his eye. One of the concert goers standing in the front rows had made a pretty unique camera choice: a Macbook Air. While the fans around him held up smartphones to snap photos and record videos, the Macbookographer was proudly holding up his laptop with the FaceTime camera pointed at the performance.
Early in 2011, there was a brouhaha after newspaper photographer Jay Westcott complained about Lady Gaga’s photo release form given to photographers attending her concerts. PDN characterized the story as a “fame monster gobbling up photographers’ copyrights“. What you see above is a copy of the actual release form given at concerts. Apparently contracts like this one are pretty standard these days.
Renowned rock photographer Baron Wolman, the first photo editor at Rolling Stone magazine, is speaking out against the worrying trend of copyright grabs by music artists. He recently spoke to makingimages.com.au, saying:
I think it’s horrible – here’s how I feel about that. They own their likeness, they are the creative force – if they were not musicians, we would not have been taking pictures, right? So they’re the source of the creativity, but on the other hand, we are the source of the visual creativity recording them. So I think that that copyright should remain with the photographer, but with limitations upon how the pictures can be used.
[...] But to just say “they own everything”, I mean, why even do it?
Wolman’s comments are directed towards bands like the Foo Fighters, which reportedly has one of the severest photo waivers in the industry.
Iconic Rock Photographer Hits Out At Foo Fighters [makingimages.com.au]
Image credit: Photograph by Scribblerman