What We Learned This Week: Getty Is Now Licensing Photos from Inside Video Games

By David Schonauer   Friday July 10, 2020

Sports photography isn’t what it used to be.

That’s to be expected, considering the lack of sports this pandemic summer. But there are still job opportunities: This week we learned that Getty Images is partnering with the creators of the video game Gran Turismo to market in-game photography from “world-class motorsports photographers.” Getty recently announced that it is the “exclusive photo agency of Gran Turismo’s global lineup of eSport events.”

The goal, noted PetaPixel, is to “[bridge] the gap between the real and the virtual worlds,” and provide agencies, brands and the media with “content to engage the eSports audience.”

PetaPixel noted that Gran Turismo developer Polyphony Digital has developed “a fully functioning camera system within the game” that will be accessible to Getty Images sports photographers. “Using this system, photographers like Clive Rose will be able to shoot imagery of the virtual races just as he would in real life, with full control over shutter speed and aperture, as well as a few filter options for good measure,” noted PP.

An example of the in-game imagery is seen at top. This video demos the system:

Getty noted in its announcement that the new service debuted during the 2019 racing season, but it seems we all missed the news, probably because we were busy watching real sports. Now the timing couldn’t be better. Can we call this actual sports photography? It may have to do for for some time.

Here are some of the other photo stories we spotlighted this week:

1. Meet “Share Your World” Competition Judge Scott Woodward

You could call Scott Woodward an opportunist. "I can go one direction and discover a remarkable photographic opportunity, or I can go another direction and find something entirely different. It is this serendipity that is the beauty of photography for me," says the acclaimed photographer, who has spent 25 years living and shooting across Asia-Pacific and the world. Woodward is one of the judges of SanDisk's "Share Your World" photo contest, which is also part of the American Photography Open 2020 competition. We talked with Woodward about what he is looking for in entries.

2. Hunger During a Pandemic

“In the best of times, life in New York City can be unforgiving. It was hard enough, working full tilt, to cover rent, child care and food before the pandemic. Now, in the neighborhoods most devastated by the coronavirus, life has become more precarious.” So noted the celebrated photojournalist Yunghi Kim in a text-and-photo essay at The New York Times. The pandemic, noted Kim, is hitting low-income families and people of color — who often work in critical service jobs — the hardest.

3. Whale Photo Wins $120K HIPA Prize

Australian photographer Jasmine Carey has won the $120,000 grand prize in this year’s HIPA photo contest with an ethereal image of a mother humpback whale sleeping next to her two-week-old baby. Carey was underwater off the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific when she captured the beautiful moment. Now in its ninth year, the contest, which formally is named the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award, granted winning photographers a total of $450,000, noted Colossal.

4. John Madere's "Masked Portraits” Pandemic Project

What can you capture in a portrait of a masked person? "I wanted to see if I could capture some sense of emotion on the masked faces of people in a setting that is normally fun and carefree. I set up my camera on a tripod at a busy entrance to a popular beach in Montauk, New York," says New York-based photographer John Madere of his pandemic project "Masked Portraits," which we featured on Monday. Photographing in that busy spot for a couple of hours each day, he says, "allowed me to experience the diverse attitudes of people who chose to wear masks-or not.”

5. The Oldest Surviving Photograph of a Maori

The oldest surviving photograph of a Maori person has been discovered in the national library of Australia, reported The Guardian. The 1846 photo shows Hemi Pomara, who was kidnapped from his home on the Chatham Islands in the early 1840s by British traders after his family was slaughtered by a rival Maori tribe. Pomara’s story of survival has inspired generations of Maori writers and film-makers, including Oscar-winning Taika Waititi, who plans to adapt Pomara’s tale for the big screen.


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