The Verge: Photographer can’t sue a website for embedding her Instagram post, says court. “A court ruled yesterday that Mashable can embed a professional photographer’s photo without breaking copyright law, thanks to Instagram’s terms of service. The New York district court determined that Stephanie Sinclair offered a ‘valid sublicense’ to use the photograph when she posted it publicly on Instagram.”
Artnet: Are You an Artist Looking for Work? This New Website Wants to Connect You With Paying Customers Hungry to Learn How to Make Art. “[The site] is designed to work similarly to TaskRabbit or Fiverr, websites that link gig workers to employers looking for people to do one-off jobs. It invites photographers, dancers, and website designers, among those in other disciplines, to sell their skills and knowledge to anyone looking for art lessons, or even to buy artworks. It’s free to sign up, and unlike other sites, HireArtists doesn’t collect a fee.”
Denver Post: Colorado photography center puts its entire 180-artist collection online. “It’s impossible to tout the valiant efforts of one Denver cultural organization to keep art thriving during the great coronavirus shutdown of 2020 without mentioning a few others for context…. The Colorado Photographic Arts Center adds mightily to the mix, using the pandemic as an incentive to put its entire in-house collection online. CPAC’s just-released digital gallery is an easily accessible assemblage of images featuring some of the world’s most-respected photographers past and present, including Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Berenice Abbott and Philippe Halsman.”
A new Web site is working to aggregate information for freelancers impacted by COVID-19: COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources. From the front page “This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.”
TorrentFreak: Facebook Sued Over Failure to Respond to DMCA Takedown Notices. “Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli is suing Facebook for copyright infringement. According to the complaint, the social media platform failed to remove a series of links to copyrighted photos. The takedown notices in question were sent around the same time a TorrentFreak-linked Boffoli-meme was taken down by Facebook.”
Library of Congress: Photography Archive of Shawn Walker and a Collection of Harlem Photography Workshop Acquired by Library of Congress. “The Shawn Walker archive contains nearly 100,000 photographs, negatives and transparencies depicting life in Harlem — a pivotal crossroad of African diaspora culture — between 1963 and the present. The Kamoinge collection — generously donated by Walker — consists of nearly 2,500 items, including prints by Kamoinge members such as Barboza, Draper, Smith and others.”
WBAL: Grandsons use social media to ID people, places in historic Baltimore photos. “I. Henry Phillips’ work inspired his son and grandson to become photographers. Now, they’re hoping to share that legacy with a new generation. When I. Henry Phillips died, he left as many as 50,000 photo negatives to his family. Years ago, his grandson, H. Webster Phillips, started scanning them and converting them to digital files…. H. Webster Phillips has about 10,000 of his grandfather’s images digitized, but he needs help to identify the people and places in them. So, the I. Henry Photo Project was born.”
University of California Riverside: Comprehensive digital photography collection and $500k endowment donated to UCR ARTS. “It may be hard to remember a time when images weren’t readily available on the internet. But back in the early 2000s, the online photography collection of photojournalist Jim Steinhart was one of the first and largest to make high resolution images available for licensing and download, offering visitors access to thousands of images amassed over his years traveling the world.”
Dance Magazine: You Can Now View More Than 10,000 Photos From Jack Mitchell’s Alvin Ailey Collection Online. “From 1961 to 1994, legendary photographer Jack Mitchell captured thousands of moments with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now, this treasure trove of dance history is available to the public for viewing via the online archives of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.”
Berkeley Library News: Rock ‘n’ roll, clowns, and Roberta Flack: An inside look at a massive new collection of music photography at The Bancroft Library. “Looking through the photographs is like flipping through stacks of vinyl at Amoeba Music, a satisfying exercise in nostalgia. Scanning through the folders, you’ll see Judy Collins, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, and so many in between… The photographs, 60,000 in all, make up the Howard Brainen photo archive. A recent gift to Bancroft, the archive is a time machine into a moment in music history, offering a glimpse into the local scene and the larger-than-life figures who came through the Bay Area.” It’s worth reading the article just to see the pictures included with it.
Google Blog: Annie Leibovitz unveils photo series with Google Pixel. “The individuals photographed include soccer player Megan Rapinoe, equal justice lawyer Bryan Stevenson, artist James Turrell, journalist Noor Tagouri, hip-hop activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Army Officer Sarah Zorn, global-health scientist Jack Andraka and more.”
University of Arizona: Kennerly Archive Acquired by UA Center for Creative Photography. “Spanning more than 50 years of history dating from 1965, the David Hume Kennerly archive features nearly 1 million images, prints, objects, memorabilia, correspondence and documents. It includes iconic portraits of U.S. presidents, world leaders, celebrities and individuals, as well as personal correspondence and mementos such as the helmet and cameras that Kennerly used while photographing the Vietnam War.”
The National (Scotland): £200k appeal to put historic Marzaroli photo archive online. “A FUNDRAISER has been launched with the aim of making the entire archive of a celebrated Scottish photographer freely available online. The Oscar Marzaroli images were donated to Glasgow Caledonian University by his family on yesterday, which was the 31st anniversary of his death.”
A sports photographer is holding a Kickstarter to crowdfund the digitizing of his Tampa Bay Lightning photography. From the page: “This is Jon Hayt and I would like to first introduce myself as I was the Team Photographer for the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey Team that was formed in 1992 during the early 90’s expansion phase of the NHL. I was the team photographer from 1992 early 2000 and all of my photography was shot on Fujichrome 100 ISO color slide film shot under arena strobe lights set up in the catwalks of the various arenas and triggered from my camera to create beautiful high quality color images of the game and players…. I am estimating that there will be around 10,000 images scanned and ready for archiving. My goal is to place this archive with the Hockey Hall of Fame up in Toronto Canada so that it can be shared with current and future fans, players and the folks that were part of the early years of this team.”
The Wilson Times: Burk Uzzle photo archive headed to UNC library. “In front of Uzzle’s lens were Robin Williams spontaneously ad-libbing, Bill Gates sitting on the top of a boardroom table, Ethel and Robert Kennedy attending the funeral of a slain president, friends releasing Janis Joplin’s ashes on a beach, Hugh Hefner sizing up three bunnies, thousands of young people tuning in at Woodstock and thousands of other historically notable subjects. A team of archivists from the Kohler Foundation and Barton College is currently cataloging some 2,800 prints and 75,000 negatives from the 81-year-old photographer’s collection to be gifted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library.” There are plans to digitize the collection.