Posts Tagged ‘controversial’

Massachusetts Legislature Passes ‘Upskirt’ Ban in Response to Court Ruling

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Well that was fast. Only a day after news broke of the controversial Massachusetts ruling that ‘upskirt’ photographs were in fact legal according to the states Peeping Tom laws, the state’s legislature has responded by passing a ban. Read more…

Getty’s New Embed Tool Makes Millions of Photos Free to Use Non-Commercially

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Last night, Getty Images made a huge announcement that could forever change the way high quality images are shared on the Internet. Like Flickr before it, Getty is introducing an embed feature, essentially creating an “easy, legal, and free” way for people to share the majority of the agency’s images in a non-commercial context. Read more…

City in Kansas Under Fire for Requiring that Photogs Buy a Permit to Use Public Parks

Overland Park, Kansas became the focal point of many a photographers’ ire this week when it was announced that, from now on, professional photographers would be required to purchase permits if they wanted to shoot in any of the city’s public parks. Read more…

Miranda Kerr Feels the Internet’s Wrath for Posting Photoshopped Pic to Instagram

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Victoria’s Secret model, mother, and wife to Hollywood star Orlando Bloom (for now… I’m still hopeful) Miranda Kerr landed in some seriously hot water with the Internet-at-large recently after posting a clearly Photoshopped photograph of herself to her Instagram account. Read more…

BTS: Tyler Shields Explains How He Got Zachary Quinto to Risk His Life for a Photo

One of the things big time photographers are phenomenal at is getting their subjects to trust their judgement implicitly. Of course, how far does that trust really go? Well, in the case of celebrity photog Tyler Shields and actor Zachary Quinto, that trust meant Quinto being willing to be dragged behind a car at 40mph. Read more…

Facebook Delays Troubling Policy Update to Address User Concerns

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The dust has barely settled from the Instagram policy fumble, but it looks like parent company Facebook might be in for a similar upheaval.

The company’s recently proposed changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy — which were supposed to take effect on the 5th — have been delayed after users and privacy groups alike have voiced serious concerns. Read more…

VICE Sparks an Uproar After Publishing Staged Female Author Suicide Photos

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VICE Magazine has withdrawn from it Web site a photo series depicting famous female authors committing suicide, after the piece drew widespread criticism for being “breathtakingly tasteless.”
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Domestic Violence Photo Essay Leads to Backlash Against Photographer

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Ohio University graduate student Sara Lewkowicz recently published a disturbing and extremely controversial photo essay on domestic violence as part of Time Magazine’s LightBox series. The essay, which began as an assignment to document the stigmas associated with being an ex-convict, turned physical when the couple she had been photographing for months got into a violent fight right before her eyes.

The photo essay that resulted has caused no small amount of controversy on the internet, receiving over 1,500 comments from readers, many of which voiced their anger at the fact that Lewkowicz took pictures instead of intervening. Several of the photos show 31-year-old Shane physically assaulting his 19-year-old girlfriend Maggie while her 2-year-old daughter watched — many commenters expressed the belief that, in that situation, her camera could have been better used as a weapon. Read more…

Israeli Sniper’s Instagram Photo of a Child in His Crosshairs Sparks Outrage

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A young Israeli soldier sparked outrage around the world and Web this past week after uploading an ill-advised photo on Instagram. The photo, pictured above, shows the back of a young Palestinian boy’s head in the crosshairs of 20-year-old Israeli sniper Mor Ostrovski’s rifle. Read more…

iStockphoto Booting Top Photographer in Wake of Getty/Google Hoopla

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A new controversy is brewing in the world of stock photography. Just last month, it came to light that Getty had agreed to license 5000 of its stock photos to Google while paying the creators of the images a meager one-time fee of $12. Now, one of Getty’s most successful stock photographers is claiming that his account is being terminated in the aftermath of the first hoopla.
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