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Photography Project Funding Opportunities

16 Organizations that Want to Fund Your Photography from  The PhotoShelter Blog.

The PhotoShelter blog has complied a great list of foundations, non-profits and private companies, who are willing to fund worthy photographers based on talent and project goals. Some offer grants for photojournalists who expose social injustices; others focus on editorial photographers who tell long-form stories. read more


Another great source for funding of arts projects is the New York Foundation for the Arts. Join their mailing list at

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Photographers – Know Your Rights:

Know Your Rights: Photographers | American Civil Liberties Union

A great resource from the ACLU

Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply. [read more]

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Laundromat Project Create Change – Apply!

Laundry Room, photo by @studiomuseum

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!” –

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Multimedia Research Project

News from World Press Photo that will be of interest to our community:

In a pioneering study, commissioned by World Press PhotoDr. David Campbell examines the current practices in multimedia against the background of the disruption in the traditional media economy, and the revolution in how people consume news today. Download the full research report, and join in the discussion on David Campbell’s blog.

update [February 2015]: World Press photo competition disqualifies 20% of applications for manipulation of their images.  Storify piece by David Campbell What are World Press Photo’s rules and standards on manipulation?


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Your Rights As a Photographer

Thanks to DPI major Caleb Savage for this great post on Photographers’ Rights

Following a discussion in class today about what to do if you are stopped
by police or security while photographing, I did some research and I think
it’s important for photo students to understand their rights to take

Download the flyer from
Print it. Keep it in your camera bag.

Some general highlights:

  • You have the right to photograph anyone or anything in public view. This includes children and police officers.
  • You don’t need a model release unless you intend to publish the image. For newsworthy images, you do no need a model release. If your subject is a celebrity or public figure, you do not need a model release.
  • If it’s a privately owned public space (like a store), the owner/management can legally tell you not to photograph.
  • Nobody has the right to detain you, confiscate your film, or force you to delete your images.
  • It’s OK to photograph infrastructure, like bridges and railroads, as long as you’re not trespassing. You can photograph in the NYC Subway, but additional equipment like tripods and lights are not allowed. However, the
  • PATH train system prohibits photography.
  • Photography is not terrorism
  • If stopped by police, politely explain the situation and your rights. Be respectful and calm, but hold your ground and know your rights.


The NY Times Lens Blog did a great post on the subject.

More info on photographing in the subway and other transit systems

Street photography and the law

Also, you should know your rights relating to other types of encounters with the police, for example a traffic stop or a stop & frisk. Check out this link


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