Images of Slaves Are Property of Harvard, Not a Descendant, Judge Rules

The woman who says the enslaved people are her ancestors plans to appeal the decision “about the patriarch of a family, a subject of bedtime stories.”

The judge acknowledged that the daguerreotypes had been taken under “horrific circumstances” but said that if the enslaved subjects, Renty and Delia, did not own the images when they were taken in 1850, then the woman who brought the lawsuit, Tamara Lanier, did not own them either.
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Photographing Natural Disasters: Ideas & Ethics - Feature Shoot

In 2020, swaths of our planet were ravaged by wildfires and hurricanes as global temperatures soured. The Australian bushfire crisis killed or displaced almost three billion animals, and California experienced…

As the connection between climate change and extreme weather events becomes increasingly clear, ethical and comprehensive coverage of these disasters has proved more urgent than ever. These are the images that will inspire action today and bear witness a hundred years from now. We asked four photojournalists about their work on the frontlines of fires, floods, and hurricanes. Read on for their tips and insights for documenting some of the most important stories of our time.

Speaking of Britney … What About All Those Other Women?

Monica Lewinsky. Janet Jackson. Lindsay Lohan. Whitney Houston. We are living in an era of reappraisals.

“Magazines in that era were driven by damsel-in-distress narratives,” said Ramin Setoodeh, the executive editor at Variety and the author of “Ladies Who Punch.” “It was almost like a sport to watch a woman self-destruct.”
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WATCH: The Social Effects of Photography with Black Women Photographers - PhotoShelter Blog

Photography has long been a medium used to drive social and cultural change. The impact of documentary photography is immeasurable as both new and historic images play a role in how we see and interact with the world around us. As society has shifted in t

We sat down with Polly Irungu, the founder of Black Women Photographers, and talented independent photographers Dee Dwyer and Alexis Hunley to discuss the stories behind some of their powerful images, how the photo industry can better support Black photographers and more.

Who Should Own Photos of Slaves? - PhotoShelter Blog

In 1976 while rummaging through an attic of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in search of old museum publications, editorial assistant Lorna Condon opened a drawer in a wooden cabinet. Inside, she found a number of flat leather cases

The LA punks throwing ‘Covid-safe’ backyard shows

Last summer saw a string of raucous outdoor gigs in Los Angeles. Many attendees wore masks and at some of the shows, there were temperature checks before entry – critics say they’re being reckless, but they claim they’re just keeping their scene alive.

“It was really dirty and the kids really showed up for that one. I think that was at the peak of Covid,” says Drew Kelley, a freelance photojournalist who went to the Riverside show to take 35mm photos. Drew was impressed by the effort, passion and Covid-safety that had gone into creating the event.

ER Doctor Documents COVID-19 Battle in a LA Hospital with His Camera

There have been some dramatic images coming out of the coronavirus battle around the world and stateside as well. However, when a doctor attending on the

Dr. Kobner is an amateur photographer, and when the pandemic struck, he started using his Leica M6 and M10 cameras to record the goings-on in the ER. These photos were published by the Los Angeles Times this week. When one thinks of Leica, historical images of wars, pandemics, and other tragedies come to mind. The coronavirus is indeed the greatest modern-day tragedy that still refuses to go away quietly.

Announcing the Winners of the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards - Feature Shoot

After reviewing hundreds of outstanding submissions, we’re delighted to announce the thirteen winners of the 6th Annual Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards. This year’s jury selected ten photographers to exhibit…

The ten photographers chosen to show in East London are Antonio Faccilongo, Rashod Taylor, Mirja Maria Thiel, Ursula Ferrara, Shaun Pierson, Donavon Smallwood, Manon Ouimet, Sergey Pesterev, Alison Luntz, and Renata Dutrée. Together, they span genres and continents, telling stories from the United States, the United Kingdom, Palestine, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, and beyond.

Susan Meiselas’s new book Eyes Open features 23 photography projects for curious kids

The Magnum president’s latest book reinterprets her cult classic Learn to See for young people.

Eyes Open is loosely inspired by Meiselas’ previous cult classic, Learn to See, a sourcebook of ideas from and for teachers and students published by the Polaroid Foundation in 1974. Reimagining this volume nearly 50 years later, Eyes Open saw Meiselas work with students and their work, not to mention an array of teachers who also submitted ideas for the newly published tome.

How the 1970s Revolutionized the Art of Photography

A new exhibition at PDNB Gallery explores how photographers working in the 1970s transformed not only the language of photography, but invented new ways of seeing the world.

Despite its long-standing marginalization, photography underwent a radical shift in the 1970s, catapulting it into the realm of fine art. Under John Szarkowski’s direction, the Museum of Modern Art staged a series of seminal exhibitions and wrote the landmark 1973 book, Looking at Photography, which reframed conventional notions of the relationship between photography and art. Recognizing that photography was not invented to serve a specific purpose, Szarkowski understood that its inherent plasticity of purpose made it the perfect medium for use by artists from all walks of life.
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Debunking the Myth That It’s Hard to Find Black Photographers - PhotoShelter Blog

Last year, multimedia journalist, digital editor and self-taught photographer Polly Irungu took the photo industry by storm. As a Digital Content Editor at New York Public Radio (WYNC), she knows the power of promotion. So, when she masterfully used socia

Join us this Friday, February 19th, at 12PM ET as we talk with Polly and two incredibly talented independent photographers from the BWP community, Dee Dwyer and Alexis Hunley, about the social effects of photography and what Black photographers need from the photo industry. Sign up here.

No. 72 Benjamin Chesterton – 10 Frames Per Second

We’re back after a long COVID hiatus. We’re kicking off a new season with Benjamin Chesterton, @duckrabbitblog on Twitter, and his open letter to Magnum concerning years of photographing child abuse and other controversies surrounding the iconic photo agency. Trigger Warning: sexual assault, child abuse. This is a harrowing episode. Read his letter to Magnum here. The Statement with over 600 signatures calling on Magnum Photos to demonstrate accountability can be read here.