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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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UK Puts Export Ban on Rare 1800s Photo Album in an Attempt to Keep It in the Nation

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The British government is scrambling to keep a rare photo album from the 19th century from being sold to a foreigner and exported from the nation. It announced today that it has placed a temporary export ban on the book, which contains seventy photographs by Swedish photography pioneer Oscar Gustave Rejlander.
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A Glimpse Inside the Photo Palace That Photographer Jay Maisel Sold for $55 Million

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Back in 1966, renowned photographer Jay Maisel purchased a giant 6-floor, 35,000-square-foot, 72-room building at 190 Bowery in Manhattan for $102,000. The former NYC bank became his family’s home for the next half century, and the purchase has been described as possibly “the greatest real estate coup of all time“.

Here’s why: in late 2014, Maisel sold the valuable property to real estate investor Aby Rosen for a whopping $55 million.
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Photographer Brandon Stanton on The Ellen Show to Talk About Raising $1M+ with His Photos

Less than a week ago, we shared how photographer Brandon Stanton had raised well over $1 million for a struggling Brooklyn school after a chance encounter with a 13-year-old boy named Vidal.

Stanton was invited onto The Ellen Show this week to talk to Ellen DeGeneres about the story alongside Vidal and his principal Ms. Lopez. It’s an interesting case of a photographer creating a life-changing national story as he’s shooting it.

Contest Copyright Controversy a Crazy Coincidence

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Here’s one of the stranger copyright controversies we’ve come across. It all started with a photo contest and an accusation of copyright infringement.
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Photographer Captures Rare Pictures of an Upside-Down Iceberg

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When you think of icebergs, you probably think of those large white objects you see in movies and pictures. In rare situations, they can also be seen in a different form. When the iceberg gets flipped upside-down, it looks like a giant shiny piece of ice that’s the color of the surrounding water.
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Photographer in New Jersey Arrested After Refusing to Hand Over Camera

23-year-old freelance news photographer Andrew Flinchbaugh was arrested late last week in Lacey Township, New Jersey after capturing video of an accident and then refusing to hand his camera over to police as potential evidence for the crash investigation. The 10-minute video above is Flinchbaugh’s recording of the confrontation that transpired.
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10 Most Popular PetaPixel Posts of 2014

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We’ve come to the end of yet another year of covering the latest and greatest in the wonderful world of photography. Before we head into 2015, here’s a look back at the 10 most popular stories published on PetaPixel over the course of 2014.
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This Guy Used a Photobooth to Capture Photos and a Video of His Proposal

A pair of high school sweethearts named Kevin and Molly got engaged this past week after being together for 7 years. To document his proposal, rather than hire a photographer or task a friend with hiding in the bushes, Kevin chose to take his unsuspecting girlfriend into a photo booth that captures both photos and video. The video above is what resulted.
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BPG is a New Image Format That Wants to Replace the JPEG with Equal Quality at Half the Size

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JPEG is a remarkably resilient file format. Despite having many upstart formats attempt to dethrone it over the years — including JPEG 2000 and Google’s WebP — the JPEG is still used by nearly 70% of websites and is holding strong in popularity.

Now there’s a new competitor in the ring. It’s called BPG (Better Portable Graphics), and it’s a format designed and advocated by notable French programmer Fabrice Bellard (creator of FFmpeg and QEMU).
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