David Schonauer

What We're Reading: Artists Respond to the Repeal of Net Neutrality

ARTnews   Wednesday December 27, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality rules, which had protected internet users from having their service controlled by businesses with differing interests. Ajit Pai, the chairman of the FCC, said the repeal would help consumers and promote competition. But it has been clear since protests mounted prior to the vote that many users stand to lose out, notes Art News, which reached out to arts organizations and artists whose work depends on the internet. Most expressed a combination of anger and anxiety over the repeal.   Read the full Story >>

Followup: Cristina Mittermeier On Her Image of a Starving Bear

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC   Wednesday December 27, 2017

Earlier this month, the world was saddened by a video  of a starving polar bear on Baffin Island, . taken by photographer Phil Nicklen and a crew from the conservation organization Sea Legacy. Photographer Cristina Mittermeier, co-founder of SeaLegacy, now she talks with National Geographic about the experience. There is nothing worse for someone who loves wildlife and nature than to witness the suffering of an animal. That is why photographing the distress of this polar bear, and being unable to help it, was so hard.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: Photographers Reflect on Their Use of Social Media

British Journal of Photography   Wednesday December 27, 2017

With the recent launch of Cinnac, a Tinder-style app allowing photographers to rate one another’s photographs before posting on social media, the British Journal of Photography spoke to three photographers — artist Maisie Cousins, Magnum photographer Mark Power, and photojournalist Adam Ferguson — about the processes and motives behind their social media presence. “I’ve played around with most platforms – blogger, Tumblr and Instagram – and each makes you view your work differently,” says Cousins, who began sharing her photography via the internet at age 15.   Read the full Story >>

See It Now: How Photography Influenced Gender Expression

DAZED   Wednesday December 27, 2017

Aperture’s Winter 2017 issue  explores representation of transgender lives and histories in photography. “Photography saved my life,” says artist and activist  Zackary Drucker, who guest edited the issue. “As an adolescent, I discovered that by taking a Polaroid picture of myself dressed as a girl, I could escape the confines of boyhood.” Drucker, who is also the producer of the Amazon series Transparent, talks with Dazed about how photography has played a pivotal role in the expression of social and personal identity.   Read the full Story >>

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