In a controversial move that may cause much gnashing of teeth among professional photographers, already pinched by low compensation and an ever-broadening use of un-copyrighted material online, Getty Images will allow web sites to embed Getty images completely free of charge, so long as the image is used in a non-commercial setting. From the BJP:
“Getty Images defends the move, arguing that it’s not strong enough to control how the Internet has developed and, with it, users’ online behaviours.”
“We’re really starting to see the extent of online infringement,” says Craig Peters, senior vice president of business development, content and marketing at Getty Images. “In essence, everybody today is a publisher thanks to social media and self-publishing platforms. And it’s incredibly easy to find content online and simply right-click to utilise it.”
Lots to unpack here. Read more BJP or The Verge.
DPI Chair Deborah Willis and Photography & Imaging alumnus Hank Willis Thomas are curating an exhibition entitled Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration, on view at The Nathan Cummings Foundation from March 27 – October 2. The featured projects, each addressing a specific social issue, span an array of mediums and represent artists’ initiatives around the world.
The exhibition showcases the work of DPI faculty Lorie Novak, Paul Owen, and Bayeté Ross-Smith, and DPI alumni Wyatt Gallery, Kristina Knipe, Richard Renaldi, Alexandra Diracles, Petrushka Bazin Larsen, and Hank Willis Thomas. Other artists and collaborations, both local and international, include Sonia Louise Davis, Russell Frederick, Lonnie Graham, Eric Gottesman, Ayasha Guerin, Jamila Mohamad Hooker, Lara Stein Pardo, Noelle Théard, Hong-An Truong, Christine Wong Yap, Be The Witness, The Laundromat Project, and Question Bridge Interactive.
The Nathan Cummings Foundation is located at 475 Tenth Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets), 14th floor. Reservations are required for viewing the exhibition and can be made by emailing email@example.com.
BOMB Magazine — Wangechi Mutu by Deborah Willis.
From the introduction by Deborah Willis to her interview with Wangechi Muti at her studio:
Wangechi Mutu was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1972. Mutu’s work explores the interplay between “the real” and fiction, combining ideas found in literature, history, and fables to examine female identity and women’s roles throughout history. She has made sketches and created collages and video about the female body since her days at Cooper Union. In my view, allegory is central to her work and is made apparent through the use of collage, and fragmented or constructed imagery. The complexity of her layering of objects, mark-making, and collage is achieved through her use of translucent materials, photography, and drawing. She also works with performance, a central component of her video installations. For some 15 years now, I have had the distinct pleasure of seeing Mutu pose for the camera for other artists. As I’ve followed Mutu over the years, I have had opportunities to see her work in museums here in New York City, in Toronto, and in galleries in cites both large and small. I love watching people engage and question as they view her work. My own writing and artwork also focuses on the black female body, and I am intrigued by the way Mutu manages to successfully focus her vision on sexuality, desire, and colonialism—while also incorporating girl culture, as well as popular and art historical references. She keeps her viewers engaged as she delves into and visually illuminates universal stories about ritual and myth. In this oral history, I hope to introduce new readings of how her work is viewed, consumed, collected, appreciated, and critiqued. [read interview]
Wangechi Muti website
Here’s an update passed along from DPI alum Paul Sepuya:
I am currently in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago through April 15. Below is a calendar of programing I am participating in here – I hope you can make it if you will be in town. If you would like to visit but cannot make open studio hours, write me directly to set up a visit.
Check out the current issue of Paris-based Fairy Tale Magazine for an excerpt of my current projectRECENT PICTURES, and the first issue of the Spanish journal Mapping Residences (available in English) for an interview of my experiences in the FIAR Fire Island Artist Residency this past summer.
All the best,
DPI faculty member Mark Jenkinson, with lots of help from DPI senior George Brooks, filmed a number interviews with faculty here that will be posted in the coming weeks. Here’s a teaser of set photos and stay tuned for the real videos.
DPI alum Brian Miller is happy to invite you to a new photography show. Full Circle Gallery, in concert with guest curator, Jay Gould & the Department of Photography at the Maryland Institute (MICA), announces a special exhibit to coincide with the Society for Photographic Education National Conference in Baltimore (March 6-9). Seven SPE member artists are featured in this show, including Eliot Dudik, Sarah Cusimano Miles, Brenton Hamilton, Rebecca Hopp, Gina Phillips, Emma Powell, & John Vigg. “Echoes of Veracity” highlights photographers exploring their medium through innovation on traditional notions of the photographic subject as well as an augmentation of its techniques and process. If you’re in town for the conference or traveling down for a night at the Otto Bar, join Full CIrcle Gallery for a wine reception with the artists Saturday March 8th from 7-10PM . Show runs 2/22 – 3/29. Brian would be glad to give fellow Tisch P&I folks a tour of their fine art printing and archival framing studios. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org /// www.fullcirclephoto.com
The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice presents a book-signing and lecture with DPI faculty member Deb Willis.
Visualizing Freedom: Photography & Emancipation
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Reception & Book Signing 6:00pm
Lecture & Presentation 6:30pm
Smith Buonanno 106
95 Cushing Street
Free and open to the public
Please join Brown Univeristy at 6:00pm on Tuesday, March 4th, for a reception to welcome Professor Deborah Willis. Prof. Willis will also be available for book purchases and signing. Following the reception at6:30pm, join us for the 2014 Debra L. Lee Lecture on Slavery and Justice, Visualizing Freedom: Photography and Emancipation.
Interested in Arts and Social Justice? Want to build community with like-minded practitioners and non-artists alike? Are you powered by compassion, hoping to amplify existing creativity in your neighborhood?
The Laundromat Project is currently accepting applications for Create Change 2014!
Application deadline: Monday, March 3rd.
Click here for information about the Fellowship and the Residency.
Create Change Fellows attend training workshops and collaborate on a community-based project at the end of the fellowship cycle. Create Change Residents are artists of color who mount a project in one of three anchor neighborhoods: Harlem, Bed Stuy or Hunts Point/Longwood. Residents are given a $5000 honorarium and up to $1500 in production funds.
I was a Fellow in 2011 and can personally attest to the strength of this growing non-profit, their commitment to artists and local communities, and the impact the program had on my work and career trajectory. A special shout out to DPI Alumna Petrushka Bazin Larsen, LP Program Manager and force to be reckoned with. Apply now!
photocredit: @studiomusem “we love our neighbors!” - http://instagram.com/p/kSSyICS53W/
DPI faculty member and ‘Photography and Human Rights 2014‘ professor, Susan Meiselas was interviewed over at the NYTimes Lens Blog. The conversation discusses how professional photographers can keep their photos relevant within the “torrent of images from the mundane to the momentous on social media and online…”
Meiselas says “Everyone has a smartphone and everyone’s a photographer. So those who have committed themselves to developing the visual language of photography over these decades have to ask, ‘How can we continue to contribute?’ ”
Read the full interview at lensblog.
By: Austing Irving
TITLE: TEN GATES OF HELL, SINGAPORE, 2010
DPI alum Austin Irving has been very busy out in LA showing a number ongoing long-term projects. You can see much of the work on her website, and following is an update from Austin:
• LIGHT & MEMORY, A/NT Gallery, Seattle, WA
March 1st – March 30th, 2014
Work exhibited from the series: WINDOWS
• MARCH EXHIBITION, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, CA
March 1st – March 30th, 2014
Opening Reception, Thursday March 13th, 2014
Work exhibited from the series: NIGHT WORK
• 27th ANNUAL WOMEN’S WORKS, North West Arts Council, Woodstock, IL
March 13th – April 27th, 2014
Work exhibited from the series: SHOW CAVES