The talented and controversial photographer Sally Mann has written a long essay for the New York Times Magazine about how she, her subjects, and her viewers think about and react to her work. “What an artist captures, what a mother knows and what the public sees can be dangerously different things,” she says. (Note: there’s nudity in the article.)
Sally Mann’s Exposure —NYTimes Magazine
“Thomas Franklin’s iconic 9/11 photograph has generated $1 million in revenues to date, according to court papers recently filed in connection with a copyright infringement claim over the photograph […]
The court papers say that licensing of the photograph peaked in the period between 2002 and 2004, but has continued over time. Between January 2013 and June 2014–an 18-month period–licensing revenues totaled $10,221.71 for editorial uses of the image, and $4,698.91 for commercial uses. That averages out to revenues of less than $1,000 per month for the period.”
Olympus to Pay Out £60M Over Accounting Scandal Lawsuits —Amateur Photographer
Olympus has agreed to pay more than £60 million to investors who sued the company over the accounting scandal exposed by whistleblower and former CEO Michael Woodford
A total of 92 bodies – including institutional investors and pension funds – took civil action against the firm over the $1.7 billion cover-up that wiped more than three-quarters from the value of one of Japan’s top companies at the end of 2011.
You can read our full coverage of the scandal here.
“…a Fox News production assistant used Google in September, 2013 to find an image commemorating the events of September 11, 2001. She selected an image that combined a cropped version of Franklin’s photograph with the iconic 1945 image of American soldiers raising a flag over Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal.
The Fox News producer then posted the combined image, along with the word #neverforget, to a Facebook page promoting the Fox News program “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” North Jersey Media Group (NJMG), which owns the copyright to the Franklin image, demanded that Fox News take down the image. Fox News complied, but NJMG sued Fox News and Jeanine Pirro (aka Judge Jeanine) for copyright infringement a month later.”
A federal court has rejected photographer Daniel Morel’s motion to recover $2.5 million in legal fees and costs that he says he incurred during his four-year copyright battle with Getty Images and AFP. After a jury trial in 2013, Morel won a $1.2 million award for unauthorized distribution by the two agencies of his images of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In addition to rejecting Morel’s reimbursement request, the court ruled that Morel owes $164,583 to [his attorney] Barbara Hoffman, the attorney who originally represented him in the case.
“Morel fought a fair fight and won. The fact that this was a close case on the merits, involving novel legal issues, persuades the Court that the purposes of the Copyright Act are not furthered by awarding fees and costs,” Judge Alison J. Nathan [wrote].
Commercial drone flights are generally banned in the United States, except in a small number of cases where the FAA has granted an exemption. The has agency received more than 750 requests for exemptions to the ban, but has awarded only 48.
Now the U.S. aviation regulator intends to streamline the process by no longer requiring companies with exemptions to obtain a new certificate of authority for each new use of a drone, the people familiar with the matter said.
The FAA did unveil a list of proposed drone rules back in February, but Reuters says that it could still be years before the general ban on commercial drone flights is lifted. Thus, the industry is stuck with the tedious exemptions process for now.
Rep. Schock Resigns, Instagram Goes Private —Chicago Tribune
Instagram photos appear to have led to the downfall of a rising star congressman. We reported last month that photos shared by Illinois representative Aaron Schock were discovered by the Associated Press to show a trail of misuse of taxpayer money. The story became widely reported, and Schock has just announced his resignation… and set his Instagram account to private.
Why do we adhere to notions of objectivity in photography? Especially when it crushes creative storytelling from those that hold the camera? Photographers choose where their frame goes. They selectively choose what the audience will see, will believe. Right off the bat, any individual image is deceptive, because there is no peripheral vision. Peripheries provide the greater context. Storytellers may be interested in the periphery, but technical image makers (and the news feeds they keep buzzing) are not.
World Press Photo juror and VII photographer Donald Weber has interesting thoughts on the state of photojournalism.