Event: Protecting Creative Rights in the Age of Social Media – UNC

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This is a followup to our coverage of Justin Cook‘s trouble after a University of North Carolina department used one of his images without permission. After much public outcry and some behind-the-scenes pressure, Cook and the University reached a settlement. The University acknowledged the misdeed, paid for the usage, and agreed to hold a public forum on copyright in the digital age.

The forum, Protecting Creative Rights in the Age of Social Media will take place next week, March 17, 2015, at 7pm at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication Freedom Forum Conference Center at Carroll Hall. The event is free and open to the public and will include a panel discussion on the rights of creative professionals moderated by UNC School of Law assistant professor Deborah Gerhardt, photographer Justin Cook, and National Press Photographers Association general counsel Mickey Osterreicher.

If any of our readers are near UNC, you’d do well to attend this. It should be an informative event and it’s good to show support for these issues. Freelance photographers’ livelihoods depend on copyright protections.

Buy prints to support A Photo A Day and go to GeekFest Sept. 12-14 in Philadelphia

Support APAD by bidding on prints
Support APAD by bidding on prints

Both Matt and I have participated in the A Photo A Day community (APAD) over the years. It’s a wonderful community, run by Melissa Lyttle, of (mostly) photojournalists who look at each others’ work on an email listserv. Now, APAD has become a registered non-profit and will be offering grants to photographers to work on projects. I’m happy to see this development; money for projects is always a good thing. You can help out by bidding on prints from a wide-ranging group of photographers. The auction goes until September 16 and features the work of: Alan Berner, Barbara Davidson, Kendrick Brinson, Matt Eich, Preston Gannaway, Todd Heisler, Ariana Lindquist, Susana Raab, and others. For some of the work available, these are likely the lowest prices you’ll ever see. Check out the auction here.

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And while you’re at it, consider going to APAD’s annual GeekFest in Philadelphia Sept. 12 – 14, 2014. It’ll be my first GeekFest, but everything I hear about previous years is that it’s an experience not to be missed. For me, it will be an opportunity to finally meet many photographers around the US whom I’ve only known through email and social media. But even if you aren’t a member of APAD, it should be a great weekend. There’s a full roster of talks and presentations, including Ed Kashi, April Saul, Kainaz Amaria, Sara Lewkowicz, David Maialetti, Holly Andres, J. Kyle Keener, Luanne Dietz, and Vince Musi. Saturday night will also be the book launch of Sol Neelman’s Weird Sports 2.

As you can see from the schedule, it’s a full weekend, and if you buy a ticket this week, it’s only $100 (next week it goes to $125). You can get more details in the GeekFest Philly facebook group.

Boston event: 20/20 with Boreal Collective and other New England Photographers

20/20 with Boreal Collective and their New England friends
20/20 with Boreal Collective and their New England friends

This week I’m joining members of the Boreal Collective and a few other New England photographers showing work at a slideshow event in the Flash Forward Festival in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The event is free and open to the public on April 30 at 7pm at Petit Robert Central, 101 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110 (entrance at 34 Summer Street, and it’s happening in the Paris Room). Each speaker will show 20 slides at 20 seconds each, accompanied by a talk about the project, following the Pecha Kucha format. The work shown covers diverse subject matter–I’ll be showing recent work from Russia–and it all fits, more or less, in the realm of documentary photography.

The photographers presenting are: Laurence Butet-Roch, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Brett Gundlock, Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Tony Luong, Mauricio Palos, John Tully, Ian Willms, and M. Scott Brauer. Justin Maxon is listed as a participant, but couldn’t make it at the last minute, unfortunately.

Hope to see you there. And if you don’t make it to this slideshow, hopefully you can attend some of the other Flash Forward events this weekend. There’s a great lineup this year.