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What We Learned This Week: Photographers Suing Tattoo Artists and Hilary Duff

PPD's court calendar was full this week. On Tuesday we noted that L.A.-based photographer Jeff Sedlik is suing celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D for infringing on his copyright by using a photo of jazz musician Miles Davis as basis for a tattoo. And on Thursday we noted that photographer Darryl Wilkins has filed a defamation lawsuit against Hilary Duff, after the actress shared a video in which she confronted him in a park as she played with her children. In a caption, Duff referred to Wilkins as a "creep."

State of the Art: A Trip To the Moon, in Real Time

Want to go to the Moon? It's been done before, of course. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s NASA landed 12 astronauts on the lunar surface on six Apollo missions. And now the space agency is planning to put both men and women on the Moon by 2024 with it Artemis program, though the timetable may have to be adjusted. At any rate, the Moon still beckons, and you can travel to there, sort of, by watching a new film from astronomical filmmaker Sean Doran, who has processed lunar images captured by the Japanese Kaguya lunar orbiter into a four-hour real-time journey around the cold-hearted orb.

Upcycling to Utopia

The transformation of the Fresh Kills landfill, on the south coast of Staten Island, to Freshkills Park, has seemed, for years, primarily a figment of my imagination—until recently, when it was announced that the 24-acre North Park will open in Spring 2021. The world’s largest landfill, at 2,200 acres, has already attracted several bird species never before seen in New York City. The island’s remoteness, and the park’s distance from connecting bridges, has created an en...

Spotlight: A Moment from Colombian Photographer David Betancur's Travel Journal

David Betancur travels in order to find "character and scenarios." The Colombian photographer's portfolio is filled with people he finds on assignment and on his excursions throughout his country, which he records in what he calls "a sort of travel journal." Among the images in his journal is a shot of a girl resting on the edge of an abandoned swimming pool. "She told me, 'For enjoying the pool, there is no need to get wet in the water,'" Betancur recalls. His photograph was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 8 competition.

American Photography Open 2019: Meet the Winner, Alain Schroeder

Last month we revealed the ten finalists. Today, we introduce the winner of the American Photography Open 2019 competition - Alain Schroeder, a Brussels, Belgium-based photojournalist who has worked all around the globe, from Thailand and Tuscany to Crete and Vietnam. From October 2018 through April 2019, he was in Sumatra, Indonesia, to document efforts to aid the area's critically endangered orangutans. His photograph of an abused three-month-old female orangutan named Brenda being treated for a severely broken arm earned Schroeder the top spot in this year's contest.

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.