Posts Tagged ‘controversy’

Muslim Cleric Warns Against Selfies, Saying They Lead to Different Sins

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A popular Muslim cleric from Earth’s most populous Muslim country is causing quite a stir due to public comments about the sinfulness of selfies. Felix Siauw of Indonesia warned his nearly 1.2 million followers on Twitter against the practice, saying that it opens the door to a multitude of sins.
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Dreamstime Selected as a Stock Photo Provider for Google Ads, Photogs Grumble

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Stock photo service Dreamstime announced today that it has been selected as a “beta provider of stock photos for Google display ads.” Through the agreement, Dreamstime contributors are initially paid roughly $2 per image for use in Google’s ad network. Some photographers aren’t too happy about the terms of the new arrangement.
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Jewish Newspaper Photoshops Female Leaders Out of Charlie Hebdo March Photo

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Millions of people — including many world leaders — took to the streets of France this past weekend to show solidarity in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. The gathering in Paris, the largest in the history of France, made the front pages of major newspapers around the world.

One ultra-orthodox Jewish newspaper decided to cover the story a little differently, though: it’s front page photo was a manipulated one that left out female world leaders.
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Unretouched Photo from Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein Shoot Reveals Photoshop Enhancements

Update: Please see below for new developments.


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Singer Justin Bieber is the new face of Calvin Klein, and a number of new advertising photos and videos have been published in recent days as part of a new #mycalvins campaign. The black and white photos are causing a bit of controversy though: a leaked unretouched version of one photo suggests that quite a bit of Photoshop was used to alter Bieber’s appearance and… proportions.
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Columnist: Prince Harry Photographing Africans with Fujifilm X100 is ‘Arrogant’ and ‘Colonial’

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Guardian columnist Jonathan Jones is a master of sparking controversy in the world of photography. As you might remember, he’s the guy who keeps arguing that photography is not art… a year after calling it “the art of our time.”

His latest target is the above photograph showing Prince Harry shooting with a Fujifilm X100 during a trip to Lesotho in Africa. Jones argues that it’s “as arrogant as any colonial portrait.”
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Fan Gets Karate Kicked by Guitarist While Snapping an On-Stage Selfie

Here’s a strange incident that’s causing a stir online and in music communities: at a recent concert by the metal band Every Time I Die, a fan named Micah Barnes decided to climb onto the stage to try and snag a selfie with the lead singer. Guitarist Jordan Buckley would have none of it, and decided to put an end to the photo shoot with a swift kick that sent the smartphone flying into the air.
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Flickr Sorry for Selling Creative Commons Photos as Wall Art, Will Stop and Refund All Sales To Date

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Flickr is apologizing for its decision to sell Creative Commons photos as wall art. The images have been pulled, and all sales made with CC photos will be refunded.
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Columnists at The Guardian Debate Whether or Not Photography is Art

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Grab your popcorn, folks. There’s an interesting royal rumble happening over at The Guardian between columnists Sean O’Hagan and Jonathan Jones. The main question on the table is: “Is photography art?”
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Flickr Taking Heat from CC Photographers for Selling Their Work as Wall Art Without Compensation

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Flickr — a site that sometimes seems like the punching bag of the photo community — is again taking heat from photographers, this time over their recent announcement that people can select from millions of Creative Commons-licensed photographs to buy as wall art.

The photos are being sold for profit, but none of that profit will go to the photographers who took the shots, and some of these photographers are speaking up about what they see as an injustice. Read more…

Sexism or Political Correctness Gone Wrong? Photo Mag Criticized for ‘Sexist’ Who-to-Follow List

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French photography magazine Selektor recently found itself embroiled in a controversy when it posted a list of 100 photographers to follow on its Tumblr blog — a lineup that included only 8 women.
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