David Schonauer

In Focus: Photographing 15 Years of Chechnyan Conflict

TIME LightBox   Wednesday June 24, 2015

Photographer Yuri Kozyrev documented both of Chechnya’s wars against Russia in the 1990s. The first one, fought between 1994 and 1996, resulted in a humiliating defeat for Russia. But, he says, the carnage was far worse after Vladimir Putin rose to power in 1999 and entire Chechnyan towns were “made level with the earth.” Recounting his years covering the conflict, Kozyrev tells Time LightBox that the winter of 1999 was one of the most trying and tragic of his career as a photographer.   Read the full Story >>

Industry News: The Rush to Save "Panorama Freedom" in Europe

The Signpost   Wednesday June 24, 2015

Commercial photographers shooting in Europe may face new legal hurdles if they want to include copyrighted art and architecture in their images, notes the Signpost, Wikipedia’s community-run newspaper. On June 16, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament adopted an amendment to a copyright-reform report that would curtail the so-called “freedom of panorama” by requiring photographers to receive permission to photograph public building and sculptures. The European Parliament will be voting on the reform law on July 9. PetaPixel  looks at the current state of panorama freedom across Europe.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: The Weird and Wonderful Age of Drone Design

By David Schonauer   Wednesday June 24, 2015

It was just three years ago (or so) that we first started seeing stories about small helicopter-like devices capable of carrying cameras aloft, and it didn't take a genius to understand the possibilities that drones had to revolutionize photography and filmmaking. The skyrocketing popularity of drones has made billionaires out of some entrepreneurs, such as Frank Wang of Chinese drone maker DJI, who ...   Read the full Story >>

Media Watch: AP Responds to Criticism of Ted Cruz Photo with Gun

The Huffington Post   Tuesday June 23, 2015

The Associated Press responded to criticism on Sunday over a photo it published showing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with a background image of a pistol pointed at his head. AP said it had no intention of publishing the photo.  A series of pictures taken by AP's Charlie Neibergall showing Cruz at a "Celebrate the 2nd Amendment Event" Saturday has triggered a social media firestorm, notes the Huffington Post.   Read the full Story >>

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