Renowned photographer Nicholas Nixon has abruptly retired from his position as a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) following allegations from multiple students that his behavior crossed the line from provocative art to inappropriate sexual harassment.
The stakes are high: We now experience fake photos daily. Mostly in the form of politically motivated memes, which have damaging long-lasting effects on the opinions of unsuspecting voters. Insurance companies, who rely increasingly on visuals to process claims, lose $40 Billion a year on frauds. Ebay and other “items for sales” apps repeatedly suffer from false advertising. Dating apps used malignantly with fabricated or stolen profile pics. The list goes on. The current lack of ethics is profoundly eroding our trust in photography. It is up to technology to restore it.
Online photo contests are a popular way for photographers to test their skills and vie for global recognition and bragging rights. But some contests are more reputable than others. A number of popular photo contests are now at the center of a growing controversy, and all indications seem to point to the fact that there may be one mysterious man behind all of them.