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What We Learned This Week: How to Photograph Protests Safely and Responsibly

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Cross-posted from Pro Photo Daily [by David Schonauer] It’s a dangerous time out there. Cities are under curfew. Militarized police are using weapons of war against unarmed civilians Neighborhoods are mobilizing offline. And our highest government officials are threatening violence on social media. This week we took note of the harassment and violence the photojournalists have faced while covering protests. We also spotlighted some tips from Wired for staying safe if you’re going to head out to protest and…

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Hollywood Submits COVID-19 Reopening Plan From Studios, Unions & Producers To NY & CA Governors

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Cross-posted from Deadline. [By Dominic Patten] Photographers waiting to go back to work will be following rules regarding safety that will be set by states, municipalities, and departments of health, all of whom will incorporate guidance from television and movie producers, along with unions and others who work on set. A coalition of those industry players has produced a PDF to address safety issues. “‘The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the ‘Task Force’) respectfully submits the following…

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Longtime ASMP Member Phiz Mezey Passes Away at Age 94

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Phiz Mezey’s social justice principles, strong will, independent spirit and curiosity about how people live informed her work as a photographer, writer and teacher. The longtime San Francisco resident passed away peacefully at home, May 10, 2020. She was born in Harlem, New York, and grew up in the Bronx. Her interests in writing and photography were already developing in her early teens. By age 16, she was writing for Irish Echo, a Bronx weekly…

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Third Senate IP Subcommittee Hearing on DMCA: The ‘Grand Bargain’ Is No Longer Working

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Editor’s Note: In one of the hearings held yesterday, ASMP Member Jeff Sedlik testified on behalf of all the visual groups, including ASMP, that work together regularly as a coalition when doing our advocacy work. Cross-posted from IPWatchdog [by Eileen McDermott] In the first part of a two-panel hearing today on whether the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is working for the 21st Century, Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Ranking Member Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) said…

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John Loengard (1934-2020)

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Cross-posted from The Eye Of Photography. [By David Friend] “John Loengard, the esteemed Life magazine photographer and director of photography passed away due to medical complications on May 24. This homage is adapted from the preface to Loengard’s 2011 book, Age of Silver: Encounters With Great Photographers (PowerHouse).” “‘He treated photographers as if they were like him—intelligent—not button-pushers,” says photographer Harry Benson. “He took the photographer’s line, often against the [publishing] company, which was a…

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Remembering Photographer Elsa Dorfman

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Cross-posted from WGBH [by Emily Rooney] Photographer Elsa Dorfman, best known for her large-scale Polaroid images, died Saturday in Cambridge at age 83. Dorfman’s unique art form – giant 20-by-24 inch Polaroids — featured regular people wearing everyday clothing always in front of a plain white matte background. Dorfman said when she was young, her mother wondered why she couldn’t get a secretarial job and live at home, like all the other nice Jewish girls….

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The Navy SEAL Technique All Photographers Should Be Doing

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Cross-posted from fstoppers.com [by Paul Parker] Many parallels can be drawn between being in the military and being a photographer. Both have their high pressured moments and require extreme concentration at times. Here’s one technique that the Navy SEALs have adopted that photographers should too. It doesn’t matter what area of the industry you work in, being a professional photographer requires a lot of physical and mental capacity. Just like a well-maintained engine, things have…

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Buy a Photo of Your Favourite Musician to Help New York’s Most Vulnerable

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Editor’s Note: ASMP Members Mick Rock and Bob Gruen have photos available for sale in the God’s Love We Deliver Fundraiser. Cross-posted from AnOther [by Miss Rosen] This article is published as part of our #CultureIsNotCancelled campaign: Since the Covid-19 crisis first swept the globe, music has become one of the primary sources of joy and community for millions of people dealing with the strains and stresses of social isolation. Whether watching historic Verzuz battles,…

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Passings: John Loengard, Life Magazine Legend and Legend Maker

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Cross-posted from Pro Photo Daily [by David Schonauer] He was “one of the last myths of the golden age of photography. So notes L’Oeil de la Photographie in a tribute to Life magazine photographer and director of photography John Loengard, who passed away on May 24 at age 86. Loengard edited a number of books tracing the history of Life magazine and its greatest photographers. Loengard joined the staff of Life in 1961, at its apex of…

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How Photographer Mark Seliger and Red Carpet Advocacy Are Paying it Forward During COVID

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Editor’s Note: Mark Seliger is an ASMP Professional Member. Cross-posted from Vanity Fair [by Sarah Shoen, Photographs by Mark Seliger] In a world stripped of red carpets, awards shows, and photo shoots, photographers are stuck at home like everyone else—and looking for a way to give back during the pandemic. What better way to do that than auctioning off iconic celebrity portraits? Enter RADArt4AID. Photographer Mark Seliger, whose work includes an annual portrait studio at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party,…

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