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What We're Reading: Can Instagram Clean Up the Internet?

WIRED   Monday August 21, 2017

The estimates for Instagram’s earnings just keep going up — DP Review  reports that the platform is expected to reach almost $10 billion in revenue by 2019. But there’s a problem: Wired notes the Instagram CEO has come to the conclusion that the internet is a cesspool that he needs to clean up. And he’s tasked his colleagues with a new mission — turning Instagram into a social media utopia. Can he make his site the nicest place online?    Read the full Story >>

Trending: Auto Mechanics as Renaissance Men

COLOSSAL   Monday August 21, 2017

Freddy Fabris  is a successful Chicago-based commercial photographer, but it’s his most recent personal project that’s making a mark on the internet: Fabris decided to pay tribute to Renaissance master painters after visiting an auto repair shop; he went on to create tableaux reminiscent of Philippe de Champaigne's “The Last Supper," Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam,” and other artworks featuring mechanics, notes Colossal, one of many websites to feature the images.  Read the full Story >>

Legal Brief: B&H Photo To Pay Over $3.2 Million in Discrimination Lawsuit

The Phoblographer   Monday August 21, 2017

Photography retailer B&H has agreed to pay $3.22 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor in February 2016 over allegations of discrimination, bias, and harassment. The settlement is a “consent decree” between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and B&H Foto & Electronics Corp. that resolves the allegations, reports The Phoblographer. The lawsuit charged that B&H Foto “systematically discriminated” against Asian, black, and female jobseekers, instead hiring only male Hispanic workers in its entry-level positions, notes DP Review.   Read the full Story >>

Books: Elliott Erwitt's Lost Photographs of Pittsburgh

The New York Times   Monday August 21, 2017

Elliott Erwitt was just 22 years old when, in 1950, he was commissioned by former Farm Security Administration head Roy Stryker to photograph Pittsburgh. Stryker had been asked by local group to document the transformation of the city from a gritty industrial center to a cleaner cultural hub. But four months into the job Erwitt was drafted into the army, and he eventually lost track of hundreds of his Pittsburgh images. The NY Times explains how they were found and collected in the new book Pittsburgh 1950.   Read the full Story >>

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