Getty Images (gettyimages) has made millions of images free and available to use! The world’s largest photo service now allows people to embed photos into their blog or website. Copyright infringement has been a huge problem for photographers with the development of popular social media platforms, such as Twitter and Tumblr. This move by Getty is a direct reaction to the problem of copyright infringement and basically allows anyone to use photos freely for non-commercial purposes.
“What is a photograph if it is never seen?…Looking at the way Maier seems to use the camera as an excuse to approach people on the street, it’s not difficult to imagine that photography was at least partly important because it offered a way to establish momentary connections with other people, at the same time keeping them at a safe distance. Perhaps for Maier the physical photographs were not as important as we like to think, or perhaps they lost importance over time…One has to ask the obvious; did fame escape Maier, or did Maier escape fame?”—Vivian Maier and the Photograph in the Age of Narcissism, via Disphotic
“It’s about having impact in a very noisy environment. How do we create a focus so people can still feel connected emotionally to what’s happening in a very fractured world? Feel connected in ways that they once did? Without Life magazine, without the front page that everybody reads, how do we create the kind of communication we hope will connect people?”—Susan Meiselas, member of Magnum photo agency, on how photographers should confront an uncertain future. From an interview with The New York Times’s Lens blog.
“When I ask to photograph someone, it is because I love the way they look and I think I make that clear. I’m paying them a tremendous compliment. What I’m saying is, I want to take you home with me and look at you for the rest of my life.”—Amy Arbus (via bheventspace)
1. Many younger photographers struggle with the decision to make a picture under tumultuous circumstances — what advice do you have for them in terms of making the picture or knowing when not to?
I think that it’s very much a question of trusting your gut. There is no perfect solution, and when you are photographing in tumultuous situations, you are undertaking a risk. You have to walk into it knowing that. After that, it’s really a matter of paying attention to your surroundings, to the non-verbal cues of your subjects…it’s about reading people. You have to learn the difference between a real danger signal and your own social anxiety. It can take time, and it also involves a decent amount of self-knowledge.