PDN Video: Natalie Keyssar on Sexism in the Photo Industry | PDNPulse

Photojournalist Natalie Keyssar discusses how women (and photographers of color) are denied the same opportunities as white men in the photo industry, and why that needs to change. “It robs everyone, including white men, of the ability to understand other perspectives. In such a terribly polarized country as we’re in today, lack of empathy is a violent, destructive force that’s reinforced by a homogeny of perspective,” she says.

Nikon Picked 32 Photographers to Promote a Camera. All 32 Were Men. – The New York Times

To promote a new camera, Nikon enlisted 32 photographers from Asia, Africa and the Middle East to try it out and tell their stories on the company’s website.

But Nikon couldn’t — or didn’t — find any women to participate. All 32 were men.

The Gender of a Photographer is Irrelevant (Until You Make Them the Face of Your Company) – PhotoShelter Blog

The launch of the Nikon D850 in the company’s 100th anniversary year has brought almost universal praise for its technology, leading to months-long waitlists. But the din of outrage permeated social media as Jason Vinson asked “Is the Nikon D850 for Men Only?” referring to a team of 32 professional photographers assembled to promote the camera – all of them men (Nikon’s USA Ambassador program has 7 women out of 24 total photographers).

No More Excuses: Diversify Launches Database of Photographers of Color | PDNPulse

After five months of planning, Diversify Photo today launched a database of 340 photographers of color from around the U.S. Brent Lewis, senior photo editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated, told PDN in May that he and photographer and filmmaker Andrea Wise had begun compiling the database to show photo editors, art buyers and other creatives who hire photographers “that there are a lot of talented people out there that they may not see, have the time to go looking for, or just don’t know where to begin to find.”

The New York Times

In 2007, the top-selling image for the search term “woman” in Getty Image’s library of stock photography was a naked woman lying on a bed, gazing at the camera with a towel draped over her bottom half.

In 2017, it’s a woman hiking a rocky trail in Banff National Park, alone on the edge of a cliff high above a turquoise lake. She’s wearing a down jacket and wool hat, and her face isn’t visible.

Sexism in the Photo Industry: Can’t We Do Better? | PDN Online

A woman photojournalist tells PDN that her worst (but not only) encounter with sexual harassment happened when she was with a group of photographers and a photo editor at a bar. The photo editor asked her for advice on who he should send to shoot a story in a region she had covered. “Me,” she said. “No, I’d worry about you too much,” he said. She asked him, “Why don’t you ever hire me for an assignment?” He offered her a quid pro quo on the spot. She recalls, “The exact words were, ‘If you hook up with me I’ll give you an assignment.’” She told him if he didn’t give her an assignment, she’d tell everyone what he said, which she has been doing ever since.

Announcing 5th Annual Luminance Talks at Photoville: Sept 15th at St. Ann’s Warehouse, NYC

Join us at the studio in St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn all day Friday, September 15th for discussions with industry professionals and photographers. We’ll cover topics like mistakes photographers make, getting more money from your work, developing a signature brand, women in photography, how to bring a commercial campaign to life, plus a special conversation with celebrated photographer and professor Deborah Willis.

The Alyssa Coppleman Mixtape | LENSCRATCH

It gives me great pleasure to celebrate a special friend and bright light in the photo world, the wonderful Alyssa Coppelman. Alyssa has a well-developed eye for connecting images to text in her various incarnations of Photo Editor, Art Researcher, and Writer/Contributor. She also can often be found reviewing portfolios at the major photography events –we were both recently at Photolucida in Portland, as well as at PhotoNOLA in December, and several years ago, we spent a very memorable experience at Atlanta Celebrates Photography that ended in an epic evening of dancing, and in October we will be enjoying the San Diego sunshine at the Medium Festival

Unsplash is (Still) Bad for Photography – PhotoShelter Blog

Unsurprisingly, building a platform of free photos rubbed many professional photographers the wrong way. So much so, that co-founder Mikael Cho recently penned a defense of the business. I don’t believe that Cho has any malicious intent to harm the photographic industry, but I think the unplanned success of Unsplash has helped him to justify some untenable positions. Let me challenge some of Cho’s claims.

Instagram Stories: In or Out? 4 Influential Photographers Weigh In

If you haven’t tinkered with Stories yet or are hesitant to start, we connected with a few well known photographers —  Chris Burkard, Helena Price, Katie Orlinksy, and Evan Sung — who are using the feature all the time. We wanted to know what they like about it, how it’s helping their photo business, and what tips they have for photographers who want to get started.

Photographers Peeved Their Photos Were Quietly Used in Windows 10

It seems that Microsoft decided to license the photos from various stock services (e.g. Stocksy, Corbis, 500px), paying anywhere from $20 to $172 to license the photos that The Journalist looked into.

The Image of American Hyperbole | The New Yorker

Recently, trawling Instagram, I happened upon a picture captured by the still-life photographer Shana Novak, of the big-box chain Kmart’s recently redesigned plastic bag. The bag, pristinely white, its surface marked by forgiving wrinkles, is set against a subtle gradient-blue background that looks like the sky. It might have been tossed away and carried upward by the wind. “Life is ridiculously awesome,” it says, in two bubbly, bright-red fonts: a juicy cursive and a blocky, all-caps sans serif.

The Art of Difference | by Hilton Als | The New York Review of Books

Both he and Arbus used the word “freaks” to describe their subjects (a word I found disparaging and objected to, albeit silently in his presence). But Arbus’s subjects were unlike Mitchell’s: her photographs showed them pursuing their otherness with a fierce velocity that had little in common with his ultimately more assimilated characters, seen through the skein of his elegant and sometimes ironical prose.

Magnum Photos: Photo Agency Receives Outside Investment |

The investment—the exact amount of which is undisclosed—comes from Nicole Junkermann and Jörg Mohaupt, two media experts who have financed over the years various technology ventures. The pair will join the board of what will be named Magnum Global Ventures, alongside Magnum CEO David Kogan and four members of the agency.

How Bots Are Inflating Instagram Egos – The New York Times

The answer, as with so many things online, came down to marketing. Many people with public accounts on Instagram may not realize that when random users follow them or like or comment on their posts, it is often the work of a cottage industry of websites that, for as little as $10 a month, send their clients’ accounts on automated liking, following and commenting sprees. It’s a rogue marketing tactic meant to catch the attention of other Instagram users in hopes that they will follow or like the automated accounts in return.

Beware: 500px Now Sells Your Photos on Fotolia Without Credit

“500px contributors can always opt-out of our distribution network (under their distribution settings) if it’s not right for them,” 500px tells PetaPixel. “Interestingly enough, less than 1% of Marketplace contributors have done that to date.”