Posts Tagged ‘controversy’

Facebook to Brides: Why Have One Photog When You Can Have a Hundred?

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Dear Facebook,

I saw a video you posted a short while ago regarding wedding photography. You know the one: a 21-second long video containing a montage of wedding snapshots. At the end of the video, you zoom out to show that all those images were on a Facebook user’s wall and the user was so thrilled that she updated her status with “Thanks everyone! Amazing pics!”

I was okay with it up until that point. After all, everyone attends weddings and we all tend to take snapshots and share them on Facebook. Nothing wrong with that. But then, you included something at the end of the video that surprised me. You wrote the words: “Why have ONE photographer when you can have a hundred?”

And then you added that cute little blue thumbs-up icon, you know, just to “like” it further. Read more…

Guardian Writer Says Newspaper Photogs are Like 19th Century Weavers, Redundant

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Yesterday we featured a far too common headline that went something like “*insert newspaper here* fires all photographers.” This time, it was an entire chain of local UK papers, and like the Chicago Sun Times before it, the chain is planning to replace these pros with freelancers, submitted photos and reporters with smartphones.

These kinds of headlines and stories make us sad, because we believe that the newspapers are making a grave mistake in undervaluing photography and the professionals who call it their vocation, but one Guardian writer has caused an uproar by holding to the exact opposite opinion. 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…

Ad Agency Rejects ‘Uncomfortable’ Photo of Muslim Woman Embracing a US Soldier from Its Times Square Billboards

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Media giant Clear Channel recently stirred up some controversy when it decided to flat out reject an advertising image of an American soldier embracing a veiled Muslim woman from its Times Square billboards due to its ‘uncomfortable’ nature. Read more…

Hunting Show Host Under Fire for Posting Lion Trophy Photos to Facebook

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The host of a Minnesota-based hunting show recently found herself in hot water with animal lovers everywhere after she posted a photo of herself posing with a lion she had just killed to her Facebook. 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…

The Sad Tale of Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon

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There are few photo conferences where the enthusiasm is palpable – where everyone from the doe-eyed to the veteran clamors for pearls of wisdom from an accomplished speaker roster. That’s the reality at WPPI where 13,000 wedding and portrait photographers descend upon Las Vegas in the early Spring. Unlike the run-of-the-mill photo conference, this one is filled with people looking to be inspired, and ready to carve a path in the business of photography. It is the conference of optimists and exuberance. I thoroughly enjoy it.
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Pedophile or Street Photographer? Police on Lookout for Man Photographing Kids

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A couple of days ago we ran across this strange article online. Very short on details, what we know is that a man was seen taking photos of children in a suburb of Toronto a few days ago, and is now being sought after by police. Read more…

World Press Photo Alters Post Processing Rules in Light of 2012 Controversy

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In light of the heated debate over post-processing sparked by the winner of World Press Photo of the Year 2012 award, the Amsterdam-based organization has chosen to implement some rule changes before it asks for this year’s entries in a couple of months time. Read more…

Photojournalist Denied Entry Into Russia, Allegedly Due to Disparaging Project

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Just a couple of weeks before his award-winning work is supposed to appear in a major Netherlands-Russia bilateral year exhibition, Dutch photojournalist Rob Hornstra has had his application for a Russian visa denied.

Hornstra, whose “Sochi Project” with writer/filmmaker Arnold Van Bruggen paints the host country of the 2014 Winter Olympics in a less-than-favorable light, believes that this move is a result of that project. Read more…