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Twenty20 is the World’s Largest Crowdsourced Stock Photo Catalog

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Twenty20 is a new stock photography service that just launched to the public after months of beta testing. It claims to have the world’s largest crowdsourced commercial image catalog — one that contains 45 million photos from 250,000 photographers based in 154 countries.
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Getty Images is Burning Through Cash as Its Earnings Shrink

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Photographers often grumble about Getty Images taking too big a slice from each stock photo sale, but it turns out the company hasn’t been lining its pockets with mountains of cash generated by its contributors — in fact, it hasn’t been doing so hot financially as of late.
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Town Accuses Photographer of Staging His Shots That Won World Press Photo

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Charleroi is a town of about 200,000 people in Belgium that has fallen upon some tough times in recent years due to increases in unemployment, poverty, and crime. Italian photojournalist Giovanni Troilo pointed his lens at the city last year, capturing a gloomy photo essay titled “The Dark Heart of Europe.” The images were recently awarded 1st prize at the prestigious World Press Photo contest in the Contemporary Issues category.

The contest, which already got a black eye after 20% of the finalists were disqualified for unethical photo editing, has another messy problem on its hands: the town is accusing Troilo of staging his winning photos.
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Lytro Raises $50M to Shift Focus from Still Photos to Video and Virtual Reality

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Lytro has announced that it just raised $50 million to undergo a “strategic shift” in strategy. Instead of focusing on light field photography and refocusable 3D photos, the company plans to expand into the fields of video and virtual reality. A large number of jobs will be shed during this process.
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Cleaning a Precision Coating Machine to Start Making Camera Film Again

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In 2013, we reported that the Italian film company Ferrania was planning to reboot its production of analog film. The next year, the company launched a Kickstarter campaign and ended up raising over $300,000 to bring film back.

Now that the company is working to restart operations, it has been posting regular progress updates on its website. The most recent “dispatch” shows how the company is cleaning a precision film coating machine to prepare for production.
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Google and Reddit Tighten Their Policies Regarding Explicit Photos

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Two Internet heavyweights took big measures today to put restrictions on the sexually explicit photos and videos being shared through their services. Google is banning public adult content entirely on its Blogger platform, while Reddit is now requiring that all explicit photos be posted with the consent of their subjects.
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NPPA Calls on Photographers Disqualified from WPP to Share Their ‘Shopped Photos

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The world of photojournalism took a hit earlier this month when it was revealed that 20% of the finalists in the prestigious World Press Photo competition had been disqualified due to unethical edits. The National Press Photographers Association released a statement this past weekend calling for the disqualified photographers to share the edits that eliminated them from competition.
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The Cincinnati Public Library Lets You Use DSLRs and Studio Equipment for Free

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As books are easier to buy and borrow in digital forms, public libraries are evolving and experimenting with new ways to stay relevant. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has one awesome idea for how to do so: the main branch of the library in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, features a makerspace that provides free access to tools for creative people — equipment that includes DSLRs and photo studio gear.
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Photographer Peter Lik Has Sold Nearly Half a Billion Dollars in Prints

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Last December, the art world balked when photographer Peter Lik announced the world’s priciest sale of a photograph: a single black-and-white print titled “Phantom” for $6.5 million. Here’s another fact that will drop your jaws: Lik has sold nearly half a billion dollars worth of photographic prints, which means he’s possibly the best-selling fine-art photographer in history.
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‘Dudeoir’ Photography Trend Puts Men In the Frame for Seductive Shots

Boudoir photography, derived from the French word for “sulky,” traditionally involves a woman posing for a suggestive series of tasteful photos in various states of undress. Over the past few years, however, a new trend has emerged. Called “dudeoir” photography, these shots involve men jumping into the frame to pose for sexy shots.
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