Western Films About Africa Are Neocolonial Even When They Try Not to Be

Attempting to interrogate its own lens, the documentary Stop Filming Us mixes sharp insights with disappointing shortcomings.

Sembène, meanwhile, offered an eviscerating criticism of both, famously accusing them of looking at Africans like insects. Sembène’s opening question to Rouch was: “Will European cinematographers, you for example, continue to make films about Africa once there are a lot of African cinematographers?” Regrettably, they do
Categorized as Ethics

“Photographers are the ones who see everything”

Reuters photojournalist Adnan Abidi on shooting Delhi’s COVID-19 crisis

Sometimes people say these photos are beautiful, but I just want to show people what’s happening. Right now you don’t want to show people how good you are, with composition or whatever. What matters is how well you can convey the message through your pictures that it’s not safe out here. If people see my pictures on social, maybe they will be more cautious. Photographers are the ones who see everything—hospital, graveyards, cremation grounds.

Class Action Lawsuit Targets Instagram Photo Embedding

The lawsuit targets copyright infringement tied to Instagram embeds.

In a report from Reuters, the complaint alleges that Instagram’s embedding tool allowed publishers to display copyrighted images without obtaining permission from artists or paying a licensing fee. The class-action lawsuit could include “many thousands” of photographers who claim Instagram “induced online publishers” to embed links to Instagram in order to drive traffic — and by association advertising revenue — to the site.
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These 11 Photographers Are Challenging the Mental Health Stigma - Feature Shoot

One in five US adults experiences mental illness each year. I happen to be one of them. At least 8.4 million Americans provide care to an adult with an emotional…

These artists have explored mental health in different ways through a variety of media, from documentary photography to mixed-media collage. Some have documented their personal experiences, while others have collaborated with loved ones as they navigated mental health issues. Still more collaborated with mental health organizations and refuge centers to help bring unforgettable stories to light. While their experiences are unique, each one of them serves as a reminder of the importance of sharing our stories and listening to others.

Scenes from Work as Photojournalists are Increasingly Caught Up in the Protest Field - Reading The Pictures

These photos of Columbian photographer Luis Robayo demonstrate how much photojournalists can be absorbed by the protests they cover.

That’s how AFP photographer Luis Robayo captions two Instagram posts featuring recent images of himself on assignment covering protests in Columbia (1, 2). The protests started in opposition to a tax reform bill and then quickly escalated into expressions of outrage against police violence, government corruption, a poorly handled pandemic, and increasing poverty.

Rahim Fortune’s Homecomings

The photographer’s new collection, “I can’t stand to see you cry,” documents his return to Texas early in the pandemic to care for his ailing father.

Rahim Fortune’s father appears in only one photograph in Fortune’s new collection, “I can’t stand to see you cry,” but he is the book’s animating presence. The portrait shows the older man propped up in bed, with an oxygen tube over his nose, gripping his son’s hand, which reaches out from behind the camera. Fortune took it last spring, when he returned from Brooklyn, where he lives, to his home town of Kyle, Texas, outside of Austin, to help care for his father in the final months of his battle against A.L.S. Fortune, who is twenty-seven, found himself in the new role of caretaker, as the covid-19 pandemic was accelerating and protests against police killings were spreading across the country. Between shifts at his father’s bedside, he took his camera into the streets of a city that he knew intimately but which he now set about photographing with a new urgency born of his dad’s illness. “Pointing the camera into the abyss—that’s what that energy was,” he told me recently. “All the moments that I was away from the house, I was just thinking about him. And everything was intentional. There were no wasted movements.”

Legendary Hip-Hop Photographer Chi Modu Has Died

He was 54.

Chi Modu, a hip-hop photographer who captured some of the most famous and iconic photos of the likes of Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G, Ice Cube, and Diddy, has passed away at the age of 54 after what is being reported as a battle with cancer.

Carl Corey: The Strand - LENSCRATCH

In 2019, photographer Carl Corey received a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography. I remember thinking that I wasn’t surprised by the news as Corey has had a long legacy of photographing America in a profoundly personal way, winning numerous awards for his wor