B: Thoughts On Instagram

Somehow I missed Ingrid Goes West during its theatrical release last summer. But it turned up on the screen menu on my recent flight to LA. I knew nothing about it and I had two hours to kill so I took a chance. Dammed if Ingrid Goes West didn’t turn out to be the best film I’ve ever seen about Instagram. It may in fact be the only one, but let’s not split hairs.

Inside the bizarre world of independent wrestling

Wrestling is flourishing in unexpected places all across Britain. It’s a low-budget, high-energy world where DIY daredevils band together in the belief that teamwork makes the dream work – no matter how unlikely it seems.

NY Times Photographer: Trump Gives More Access Than Obama

Photojournalist Doug Mills made headlines back in November 2017 by Tweeting a black “photo” to protest the lack of access provided to the White House Travel Pool while President Trump was attending the APEC Summit in Vietnam.

However, Mills had much more positive things to say in a new interview that just aired yesterday on C-SPAN. Having covered both the Trump and Obama administrators, Mills stated that photographers are actually getting “a lot more” access to the current administration.

The 3 news that matter this week – Thoughts of a Bohemian

Late last week, Getty announced a global licensing agreement with Google. While this wouldn’t rattle anyone’s news alert  (anyone can license images to Google), it is the terms that are of importance. Apparently, Getty got the search giant to do a better job at protecting photographer’s copyright. By removing the direct link to the location of the high-resolution image used for the search result thumbnail and by increasing the font of the “Images may be subject to copyright.” message. As neither were live at the moment of this posting, we couldn’t verify.

Visuals Have Value And So Do Visual Journalists | Poynter

The Poynter article dismissed and degraded the power of authentic visual journalism. It recommended that the solution to illustrating news stories was to find free stock images online via a handful of dubious photo sharing websites. The authors carelessly glossed over the potentially serious legal and ethical consequences of using such content.

The phenomena of the photography collective – British Journal of Photography

In 2015, after several years of working individually, Copenhagen-based photographers Sara Galbiati, Peter Eriksen and Tobias Markussen formed a collective. What started as an experiment for the photographers – “Would it be possible to merge together and become one?” – soon became second nature. “It is quite simple: we believe that we are more accomplished when we collaborate,” says SPT. “Our own egos as photographers needed to be challenged and dissolved.”

Caleb Stein – Down by the Hudson « burn magazine

“Down by the Hudson” is an ongoing project, a record of my walks and interactions, mostly along a 3-mile strip of Main Street, in Poughkeepsie, NY. Poughkeepsie is a small city, population around 32,736. Approximately 19% live below the poverty line.

Reuters Publishes Account of Myanmar Massacre After Journalists’ Arrests – The New York Times

The news agency Reuters has published a detailed investigation into the massacre of 10 Rohingya men by Myanmar soldiers and villagers, saying that the work led the Myanmar authorities to arrest two of its reporters.

Article about free images ‘contradicts everything I hold true about journalism’ | Poynter

With one post, two people who I have worked closely with attempted to raze everything I have done over the last quarter century. 

Their story, titled, “These tools will help you find the right images for your stories,” contradicts everything I hold true about journalism — textual and visual

We wrote about free photo sites. Many journalists were outraged. Now what? | Poynter

We heard loud reminders that stock images can be ethically questionable, especially if you can’t verify the original source. So it was insufficient to talk about those issues only from the standpoint of copyright. Given the proliferation of these sites (and likelihood they are not going away), it’s time for a more robust conversation about how relying on generic photo archives for presentation (as so many organizations do) could degrade the “journalistic validity” of a news site.

A photo editor’s plea: Let’s be solution-based instead of an echo chamber | Poynter

We’ve got a problem. It’s 2018, but it feels like 1975 in the land of visuals. What’s old is new again: a nearly nonexistence of visual judgment in newsrooms. Who would have thought that the phenomenal benefits of technology would negate the common sense of picture selection? The role of the photo editor has nearly disintegrated in the most newsrooms, including that of Poynter. It’s time to stop and take inventory.

National Geographic Photographers on What Photo Editors Really Do | PDNPulse

“I’m pretty sure most people have no idea what a photo editor actually does,” says photographer David Guttenfelder at the beginning of this short video recently published by National Geographic. In the video, photographers and photo editors explain a bit about the how the photographer-editor relationship works at National Geographic. “It’s a complete partnership,” says Erika Larsen. “It’s just as personal to them as it is to me.”

I just don’t abide censorship | You can’t have my job, but I’ll tell you a story

To my friends: I have withdrawn from the 18,000-plus member Facebook group “Kern County of Old” and have removed all of the contributions I’ve made to the site after the group’s administrators removed one of my photos.

Google to Tweak Image Search to Help Protect Photographer Copyrights

The changes were reportedly decided on through a partnership between Google and the stock photo agency Getty Images, which has been lodging “anti-competitive” complaints against Google in the US and EU for making high-resolution stock photos easily downloadable through Google Images.

A Journey Through ‘The Windows of My Studio’ – Feature Shoot

American photographer Wyatt Gallery has stood before this very window many places in the world, gazing out into a distant horizon and seeing what lies beyond. He has raised his camera to capture the view in a series of never-before-published photographs titled The Window of My Studio.

Through Forests and Farmlands, Peruvian Sheep Herders of the Pacific Northwest – The New York Times

Sofia Jaramillo may have been mountain biking ahead of the pack, but as she soon found out, that was nothing compared to being behind the herd. Twelve years old at the time, she was attending her first mountain bike camp in her hometown, Ketchum, Idaho, riding on a bumpy forest road when her tire slid into a rut.

A Joyous, Mysterious Portrait of Rural American Boyhood | The New Yorker

It was toward the end of an eight-thousand-mile road trip across America, in 2015, that the Dutch photographer Robin de Puy, riding her Harley-Davidson through the dry expanses of Ely, Nevada, discovered the subject destined to define her adventure: a skinny youth of fifteen, who flashed by, in the night, on a child’s bicycle. De Puy managed to stop him. Later, with wonder, she recalled the encounter in her diary: “Fragile-looking boy, striking face, big ears—a puppy, a golden retriever waiting for the ball to be thrown, (too) naive. ‘Can I photograph you?’ ” He consented, and posed for a picture, though de Puy neglected to mention that he was allowed to blink. Her model stared straight into the lens, unflinching, until tears dripped toward his lips.

How the “Global Leader” in Journalism Fails Photographers by Promoting Free Photos – PhotoShelter Blog

Put aside the intellectual laziness of using an interview format for a expository piece on how to illustrate the news, but this Poynter piece entitled “These Tools Will Help You Find the Right Images for Your Stories” is garbage.

Karim El Maktafi – Hayati « burn magazine

Hayati (“my life” in Arabic) is a visual journal realized exclusively with a smartphone. Hayati reflects on my identity as a second-generation Italian. Son of immigrants, born and raised in Italy, balance between two realities that at first sight might seem incompatible. To produce this story, I became both its subject and its object. I was born in Desenzano del Garda, a village near Brescia, Italy, from Moroccan parents. Growing up between two worlds forced me to sharpen my gaze and to compare these perspectives which often diverge from each other.