David Schonauer

Passings: Fred Ward, Who Captured Presidents and Pop Stars, Dies at 81

TIME LightBox   Friday July 29, 2016

Washington, D.C.-based photographer Fred Ward, who captured intimate moments at the White House with John F. Kennedy and Gerald Ford, has died at the age of 81, reports Time LightBox. The cause was  Alzheimer’s disease. Following the Kennedy assassination in 1963, Ward captured an image of Jacqueline Kennedy returning to Washington with her husband’s blood on her legs. He also shot the Beatles when they came to town.   Read the full Story >>

Dept of Ideas: Album Captures the Look of Musical Notes

GIZMODO   Friday July 29, 2016

Different frequencies of sound vibrations exhibit distinct patterns that can be visualized by scattering a fine dust over a vibrating plate, notes Gizmodo. That phenomenon was the inspiration for Resonantia, an album whose catalog features photographs that capture those patterns for all 12 musical notes. Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown masterminded the album and created the beautiful photographs. If you were to repeat their experiment, you would get the same results, they say.   Read the full Story >>

Legal Brief: Photographer Seeks $1B From Getty Over Copyright

HYPERALLERGIC   Friday July 29, 2016

Photographer Carol M. Highsmith has sued Getty Images for copyright infringement, alleging “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs of Americana, reports PDN Pulse. She is seeking $1 billion in damages, an unusually high amount for a copyright infringement claim. Highsmith alleges that Getty and its subsidiaries have been charging fees for images that she has provided to the Library of Congress since 1988 for use by the general public at no charge. Hyperallergic describes how she learned of Getty’s usage.   Read the full Story >>

In Focus: Peru Drives Out Gold Mines to Save Nature

The New York Times   Friday July 29, 2016

With the price of gold high for years following the 2008 global economic crisis, illegal mining has blossomed in many parts of Latin America, particularly Peru. The mining operations cause widespread environmental damage and leave a legacy of toxic waste. The Peruvian government, having tried varied policies to contain the illegal mining, is stepping up raids to drive them out, notes the New York Times in a report accompanied by images from photographer Tomas Munita.   Read the full Story >>

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