Posts Tagged ‘controversy’

Girl from Viral #BringBackOurGirls Photo is Not a Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirl

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Photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale has been to Guinea-Bissau three times — in 1993, 2000 and 2011 — for the Alexia Foundation, bringing back powerful photographs that show a different, more hopeful side of Africa.

And yet, somehow, three of those images have this week become the viral face of a Twitter campaign meant to raise awareness about a group of Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school by a terrorist organization called Boko Haram in mid-April. Read more…

Amazon Patent Shows Common Seamless Background Lighting Technique

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Is Amazon attempting to patent an age old photography lighting technique? A recently published patent seems to suggest that, and it’s getting some photographers up in arms.
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Should Artists Be Different From Inventors When It Comes to Intellectual Property?

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Back in 2012, the Republican Study Committee caused widespread debate over intellectual property law after publishing and then pulling a paper on copyright reform. Derek Khanna, the conservative staffer behind the paper, was fired by the committee shortly afterward.

He may have lost the platform afforded by the RSC, but Khanna is still pushing to have his views on copyright reform heard. His latest writings continue to cause quite a discussion on how copyright should be handled in the United States.
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Facebook Clears Terry Richardson’s Name, He Did Not Offer a Photo Shoot for Sex

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Last week, Terry Richardson found himself at the center of yet another controversy when model Emma Appleton tweeted a screenshot that showed a crude message allegedly from Richardson himself. Whoever sent that message offered to exchange a Vogue shoot for sex, but it turns out that person wasn’t Terry Richardson. Read more…

Terry Richardson In Hot Water Again After Allegedly Offering Photoshoot for Sex

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Back in the hot seat again is none other than photographer Terry Richardson, who is this time being called out on Twitter by model Emma Appleton for allegedly offering a Vogue photoshoot in exchange for sex. Read more…

Man Arrested for Flying His Camera Drone Over Crash Site, Allegedly Refused to Land

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There are two sides to every story, but in the case of Ohio copy machine repairman and aerial videography hobbyist Kele Stanley, his side is drastically different from that of the police who arrested him for flying his camera drone over the site of a car crash. Read more…

Photographer Pokes Fun at Controversial Golf Digest Cover in Hilarious Fashion

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If you’re into Golf, you might have heard about this controversy over the most recent cover of Golf Digest. Apparently, the magazine erred when it decided to put Paulina Gretzky (daughter of famed hockey player Wayne Gretzky and fiancé of pro golfer Dustin Johnson) on the cover instead of an actual… you know… golfer.

But rather than get caught up in all that, Orlando-based photographer Cy Cyr decided to spoof the cover instead. Read more…

Sony’s World Photography Awards Youth Winner Disqualified for Falsifying Age

© Borhan Mardani, Iran, Disqualified Entry, Culture, Youth Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Borhan Mardani, Iran, Disqualified Entry, Culture, Youth Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Well, if it isn’t another tale of a photo contest scandal. Earlier this year, it was the World Press Photo winner, now it’s the Sony World Photography Awards — Youth Award. You would think that after a while people would learn, but it doesn’t seem that way. Read more…

HIPA Grand Prize Winner Looks Like It May be a Big Photoshop Fail

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The photograph above by Chinese photographer China’s Fuyang Zhou just won $120,000 as the Hamdan International Photography Awards (HIPA) overall grand prize winner. The theme was “Creating the Future,” and you can see why the photo won: it’s a wonderful composition that captures the spirit of that theme. And yet, something seems off about it… Read more…

Terry Richardson Responds to Allegations, Calls The Whole Thing a ‘Witch Hunt’

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The Terry Richardson debate can be summed up in two sayings, one used by the anti-Richardson army and the other used by the pro-Richardson crowd: “There’s no smoke without a fire” and “Tried and convicted in the press.” That many allegations can’t just spring up out of nowhere, says one group, while the other argues that undue amounts of sensational press attention does not evidence make.

However, for the first time ever, Richardson himself is speaking out, addressing the Allegations in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post in which he calls the entire ordeal an “emotionally-charged witch hunt.” Read more…