What We Learned This Week: A Big Day for Coppyright Small Claims; ICP School to Move
A copyright small claims process has become closer to reality. And that could be a big thing for photographers. This week we learned that a bipartisan group of Congressional representatives introduced the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017, HR 3945, also known as the CASE Act. The CASE Act creates a version of a small claims court within the Copyright Office, allowing copyright holders to present their claim before claims officers. It could make it easier and less costly for photographers to pursue image thieves. We also learned that the International Center of Photography School in New York will be reunited with the ICP museum downtown.
Spotlight: Turning Sex Toys Into GIF Art
It all started with a box of dildos: Photographer and MAP reader Jesse Untracht-Oakner recently teamed with designer Jenna Josepher to create a motion-art experiment called "SFW" (as in "safe for work"), featuring sex toys. "SFW" is indeed safe for work, because the toys have been recontextualized and desexualized in a series of playful GIFs. The idea came about after the producer on the project received a box of dildos from an old high school friend who is one of the owners of the Doc Johnson sex toy company. Along the way there were some creative challenges: "We debated if and how to incorporate a human form at all. Which was a little ironic considering all the toys were designed to mimic the human form," says Untracht-Oakner.
Confederate Monuments & Myths
Toppling monuments to 20th century dictators—Stalin, Lenin, Sadam Hussein among them—has had tremendous mass appeal. But in recent years, conflicting beliefs in the meaning of Civil War Monuments has become a potent subject for discussion, especially after recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other cities across the nation. On Monday, October 23, a panel discussion on the subject, Monument, Myth & Meaning will take place in the famed Great Hall at Cooper Union wit...
Latin American Fotografia: Geralyn Shukwit in Timeless Bahia
In Bahia, there is light and life. New York City-based photographer Geralyn Shukwit has been capturing both since 2011 in a series she calls "O Tempo Nao Para" ("Time Does Not Stop"). Her project started when she took a workshop with photographer Ernesto Bazan in Salvador, the capital of Brazil's Bahia state. "From the moment I arrived in Salvador, I was in love," she says. "The light, the culture, the people, everything was new and exciting." Her work earned Shukwit a spot among the winners of the Latin American Fotografia 5 competition.
Illustrator Profile - Cristina Spano: "I always focus on the message I need to communicate"
Cristina Spano is an editorial and book illustrator based in Barcelona. Like many of the illustrators in the Profiles series, she has a background as a graphic designer. Her illustrations are bold, crisp, and colorful, very modern stylistically but with an old-school flavor.
The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say
"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.