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The Senate Has Been Holding Off on New Relief. It’s Costing Freelancers Their Lives

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union This Friday, senators will take a two-week holiday, leaving millions of unemployed people and small business owners in suspense about their future. The only thing we know for sure is that McConnell claims the PUC program will not be extended. His argument: That extra compensation is encouraging people to stay home instead of going back to work. This completely ignores the reality for millions of people who are still unable to…

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Seventy-Five Scientific Research Projects You Can Contribute to Online

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  Cross-posted from smithsonianmag.com [by Rachael Lallensack] If you find yourself tired of streaming services, reading the news or video-chatting with friends, maybe you should consider becoming a citizen scientist. Though it’s true that many field research projects are paused, hundreds of scientists need your help sifting through wildlife camera footage and images of galaxies far, far away, or reading through diaries and field notes from the past. Plenty of these tools are free and…

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Photographer Claims Reddit Wants to Use His Work Without Licensing It or Even Crediting Him

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Cross-posted from Light Stalking [by Kehl Bayern] Photographer John Wingfield of Bellingham, Washington is telling the world about his recent experience with Reddit, one of the largest websites out there — and it is another reminder of how vigilant you have to be about your rights when it comes to your photography. Thankfully, no one has stolen anything in this case. We cover way too many stories about that, and they’re always depressing (plus they…

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Watch Out: Instagram Hackers Are Using Fake Copyright Notices to Trick People into Giving up Their Account Details

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Andy Day] “If you’ve received a message in your Instagram inbox from a major corporation informing you that you’ve infringed their copyright, watch out. It’s a fairly convincing phishing scam that is trying to hack your account. Like many phishing attempts, the message seems legitimate at a glance. The one I received was from The North Face Chile informing me that I had posted a copyrighted photograph to my Instagram account. The…

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What We Learned This Week: Wedding Photographer Becomes Famous After Being Fired Over BLM Support

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Cross-posted from ProPhotoDaily [by David Schonauer] This week, Shakira Rochelle became famous. It began when the Cincinnati-based wedding photographer was fired by a client over Rochelle’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Rochelle was set to photograph the unnamed client’s wedding when she received a text from the bride requesting that she be refunded her deposit for the job. “We have done a lot of talking and we cannot bring ourselves to support anyone…

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In Self-Portraits, 27 Black Photographers Reflect Themselves and America

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Cross-posted from The New York Times [by Pierre-Antoine Louis] A quiet moment on a sofa, isolated from the world with little sense of control. A visit to a once-abandoned black cemetery to unearth the past. A gentle haircut from Dad when beauty in other people is hard to find. A show of armor to awaken the warrior within. Self-portraits by photographers can reveal not only who they are but also the world they are seeing….

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Olympus Is Getting Out of the Camera Business

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Cross-posted from theverge.com [by Sam Byford] Olympus has announced plans to get out of the camera business entirely, selling off its imaging division to an investment fund. Japan Industrial Partners, the company that bought the VAIO computer business from Sony, has signed a memorandum of understanding that will see Olympus spin out the division and transfer all of its shares. The imaging division is a small part of Olympus’ business, which is now largely focused…

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The Afterlife of George Floyd: A Portfolio by Photographer Eli Reed

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Cross-posted from The Cut [by Chaédria LaBouvier | Photographs by Eli Reed] It is a beautiful symmetry to have Eli Reed’s photographs capture and canonize this American chapter and George Floyd’s funeral. Reed is one of the best living photographers and is walking history himself; he is the first Black photographer to join Magnum Photos and is a member of Kamoinge, the Black photography collective that has in its DNA Roy DeCarava, a founding father of…

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The Camera’s Role in Documenting a Critical Social Movement

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Cross-posted from The PBS NewsHour and The New Yorker Photo Booth. [By Jeffrey Brown and Lena Jackson, and by Rachel Riederer, photos by Mark Clennon] “Today, cameras are almost ubiquitous on mobile phones, and anyone can be a photographer. In this new technological landscape, millions of lenses are focused on the major events of a tumultuous period. For this Race Matters report, Jeffrey Brown looks at the power of the camera to shape and shift…

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What We Learned This Week: Photographer Partially Blinded at Protest Speaks Out — and Sues

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Cross-posted from Pro Photo Daily [by David Schonauer] A photojournalist gathers evidence. And the evidence that Linda Tirado documented last month while covering protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd will be used in a lawsuit that she has filed against the city and its police department. Tirado was partially blinded when she was hit in the face by a foam bullet. The final photo she took before that happened shows what appears…

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