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Swedish Charity Scam Aims at Photographers

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Cross-posted from Pro Photo Daily [by David Schonauer] There’s a sophisticated new scam aimed at photographers. And like many cons, this one involves an offer too good to be true. Photographers including Steve McCurry, George Steinmetz, Mike Yamashita and Ira Block have received offers to fly to Stockholm, Sweden, in late May to attend an event for The Women Charitable Trust, a non-profit organization. While there, the photographers would make a “donation” of $100,000 to…

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Major Changes to PPP for Schedule C Filers

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Less than 24 hours ago, late Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the Small Business Administration posted the latest revision to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and these revisions have MAJOR effects on how sole proprietors, independent contractors, and others who file taxes using IRS Form 1040 Schedule C. Bottom line? New applicants can now use “Gross Income” (Line 7) as a basis for their PPP amounts. This means that if you had a negative or low…

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Lucy Worsley’s Royal Photo Album

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Cross-posted from PBS Over the last century and a half, the camera has been the royal family’s confidante, messenger, keeper of memories – and pursuer. In this revealing and inventive film Lucy Worsley takes us through the story of the royal photograph, showing how the royal family collaborated with generations of photographers to create images that reinvented the British monarchy. Read more

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WATCH NOW: Texas Supreme Court Hears Jim Olive’s Case

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This morning the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Jim Olive Photography v. University of Houston System. ASMP and NPPA drafted an amicus brief in this matter. You can read that here. Below, you can watch the oral argument, and see a live run-down from my initial and subsequent viewing. This is a rough, immediate summary, and more will be forthcoming on this case and deeper analysis in the days to come. Jim Olive’s…

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Magazine Celebrating Black Women in Food Nears Crowdfunding Goal

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Cross-posted from Food & Wine. Klancy Miller, a chef-turned-writer who’s appeared in Food & Wine and The New York Times, is creating the publication she wants to see in the world. Called For The Culture, it’ll be a twice-a-year print magazine written about Black women in food and wine—written by Black women and photographed and illustrated by Black women. At the time of this post, Miller’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has just 72 hours left to…

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Kat Von D Sued for Copyright Infringement over Miles Davis Tattoo

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Cross-posted from Billboard, CopyrightLately, Truth Sleuth/YouTube, and via PhotoShelter.  [By Claudia Rosenbaum, Aaron Moss, and Katie Scholz] “In a new case, a photographer claims that celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D infringed his copyright in an iconic photo of Miles Davis by tattooing the same image onto a client’s body. Dozens of photography-related copyright cases are filed every week, so I typically only write about ones that I find particularly interesting or unusual. A new…

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Announcing the Best of ASMP 2020 Grand Prize Winner and Runners-Up

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After 10 days of members voting for their favorite submissions from among the five First Place Winners in each category, we are extremely pleased to announce the first-ever Grand Prize Winner for the Best of ASMP 2020 Photo/Video Contest. George Kamper's entry "Bubble Boy" wins the Grand Prize of a Sony Alpha a7R IV camera (with lens) courtesy of our sponsor, Sony. "Bubble Boy" was also named Jurists' Choice by our panel of judges. Margaret...
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Daniel Wolf, Collector and Lover of the Great Outdoors, Has Died, Aged 65

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Cross-posted from The Art Newspaper. [By Norman Rosenthal]   “Arguably Wolf’s greatest achievement was to pull together, in secret, from some dozen or more existing collections, a unique museum holding of photography, old and new, for the J. Paul Getty Museum and its director, John Walsh. Photography became one of the most high-profile departments of a museum otherwise devoted to ancient and classical Western art before 1900. Amongst the collectors Wolf dealt with were Sam Wagstaff…

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The Rising Stars of Ethiopian Photography

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Cross-posted from blind.  [By Charlotte Jean]  “Ethiopia’s enormous capital, Addis Ababa, is currently undergoing unprecedented urban change. In the wake of gargantuan modernization work, a new generation of photographers is jumping energetically on this evolving subject: the city and its people.  Internationally renowned Ethiopian photographer Aïda Muluneh had foreseen that Addis Ababa would become a photography hub. In 2010, she launched the Addis Photo Festival, an opportunity for a new generation of photographers to re-appropriate…

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An Independent Journalist Is Suing D.C. Police After He Was Arrested Filming A Black Lives Matter Protest

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Cross-posted from dcist.  [By Margaret Barthel]  “Local independent journalist and documentarian Kian Kelley-Chung was one of more than 40 people arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department at a racial justice protest in August. Officers seized his camera equipment, and he spent the night in a holding cell before being released without charges the following day. Kelley-Chung says he didn’t get his camera equipment or cell phone back from police custody for 10 weeks. The experience…

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MoMA Photography Curator [Sarah Meister] to Lead Aperture Foundation

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Cross-posted from The New York Times. [By Arthur Lubow]  “Sarah Meister has been named executive director of the nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the art of photography.” “Founded in 1952 in San Francisco by an illustrious group that included Minor White, Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, Aperture has issued important monographic books by a number of photographers, including Diane Arbus, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Nan Goldin, Richard Misrach and Deana Lawson. ‘Aperture’s publishing program, meaning…

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Corky Lee’s Photographs Helped Generations of Asian-Americans See Themselves

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Cross-posted from The New Yorker Photo Booth, Time Magazine, and The New York Times. [By Hua Hsu and Neil Genzlinger] Corky Lee often described his life’s work as “photographing Asian Pacific Americans.” It was a simple passion that could take him anywhere. For nearly fifty years, New Yorkers never knew where they might run into Lee and his camera: a museum gala or a tenants’ rights meeting, construction sites or local laundries, youth basketball games or…

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