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What We're Reading: Let's Bring Editors Into Safety Training

witness   Friday May 31, 2019

“Over the last two decades, thousands of journalists around the world have benefited from specialized safety training. Many more still need access to these courses. However, even if we manage to train them all, we won’t get as far as we need to if we fail to bring their editors into the picture.” So notes an essay at Witness penned by Jason Reich and  Elisabet Cantenys of the ACOS Alliance, a coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom NGOs that champion safe and responsible journalistic practices. ACOS has an workshop for editors in Glasgow on June 3.   Read the full Story >>

See It Now: Two Unseen Photos of Queen Victoria

Smithsonian   Friday May 31, 2019

Britain’s Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, were enthusiastic supporters of the new art of photography, developing their own images in a special dark room and commissioning photographers to take portraits of their family. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Victoria’s birth on May 24, the Museum of London released two never-seen images of Victoria. The images date to 1854, when she was 34 years old, and were taken by French photographer Antoine Claudet, notes Smithsonian.   Read the full Story >>

Legal Brief: Visual Arts Groups File Brief In Texas "Takings" Case

National Press Photographers Association   Friday May 31, 2019

The National Press Photographers Association, the American Society of Media Photographers, and four visual arts organizations have filed an amicus brief in support of Texas photographer Jim Olive and his legal battle against the state over an infringed photograph, notes the NPPA. The case began when Olive discovered that the University of Houston was using one of his aerial photographs for marketing purposes without permission. The university refused to pay for the use and claimed it was shielded from suit because of sovereign immunity, which protects state government entities from many lawsuits. Olive filed a lawsuit alleging that the state took his property without just compensation, known as a “takings.”   Read the full Story >>

In Focus: South Africa's Born-Free Generation

British Journal of Photography   Friday May 31, 2019

Twenty five years have passed since Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the first black president of South Africa and apartheid was officially abolished. The children born early on during this revolutionary period, known as the born-frees, are now coming-of-age. They are the subject of a decade-long project (and upcoming book) by Netherlands-born photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien, featured recently at the British Journal of Photography. Today, notes BJP, crime, poverty and corruption are still keeping many of the born-frees captive.   Read the full Story >>

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