What We Learned This Week: Facebook and Instagram Told to 'Free the Nipple'
For years, Facebook and Instagram have faced criticism for having inconsistent and opaque moderation policies about partial nudity--rules that some say were often biased against women and L.G.B.T.Q. people. This week we learned that the oversight board for Meta, parent company of the two social media platforms, has strongly recommended the company's policies be overhauled. The move comes after Instagram took down two posts depicting nonbinary and transgender people with bare chests (posts later restored) and a long-running "Free the Nipple" campaign pushed by content creators.
Spotlight: Four Awesome Videos, from the Aurora to a Real-Life Ironman
The northern lights have become a top attraction for photographers and video makers, and in today's roundup of videos from around the web we feature a dazzling timelapse of the aurora borealis, as captured in Manitoba, Canada, by photographer Vincent Ledvina. He's also got some advice for aspiring aurora chasers. Beside Ledvina's video, we have a timelapse of flowers that took six months to make, a lunar eclipse timelapse shot on 35mm film, and a video made by a "real-life ironman," together with a pro kite surfer.
Cannupa Hanska Luger: Hostile Territory
This exhibition. continuing at Garth Greenan Gallery through February 25, features five large-scale tipis and two sets of ceramic bullets from Luger’s series Rounds. “Indian Country,” Cannupa Hanska Luger writes, in unofficial US military terms, is used to refer to hostile territory in active war zones. From the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, the US government expanded westward, carrying out armed attacks and killings and forced removals of...
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.