Corrine Vionnet’s “Photo Opportunities”

Corrinne Vionnet - Photo Opportunities

The 5 billionth photo was uploaded to Flickr last September and users upload half that many to facebook every month. Projects that mine these photos always intrigue me (here are two that we’ve written about previously: photographic behavior in major cities and cultural buzz). Corrine Vionnet’s Photo Opportunities is one such. She’s taken hundreds of tourist snapshots found online of well-known locations and landmarks and created new photos by combining these snapshots. The new photos work as sort of impressionist ideals of the places in question. Reminds me of Jason Salavon‘s work (Every Playboy Centerfold,
The Decades
, 76 Blowjobs, and Homes For Sale, for instance).

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Getty moves further into Flickr

Getty’s got a new scheme to turn flickr into a revenue stream. Now, flickr users can set their pictures up to have a “Request to License” link underneath all of their photos. When someone clicks that link, they will be directed by Getty through the licensing process. The licensing fees, all royalty free, seem to range from $5 to $425. Getty will keep about 70% of the licensing fee. The BBC has good coverage of the deal. And Amateur Photographer outlines why both amateur and professional photographers should be worried about the Getty-Flickr scheme.

‘Amateurs are not necessarily au fait with the value of their images and could be persuaded to license them to Getty for low rates, thereby undermining the rate that professionals work so hard to achieve.’ -John Toner quoted by Amateur Photographer

The previous Call For Artists partnership between Getty and Flickr, launched two years ago, drew a fair share of criticism. See on flickr member’s experience, entitled “I feel like I got screwed by Getty,” as an example. In the first two months, the photographer made about $200, but the royalties soon dwindled to just a few dollars for each sale.

(via Slashdot, of all places)

Locals and Tourists: flickr’s insight into photographic behavior

The collection of photos at flickr provides invaluable statistical data about a host of cultural behaviors and norms. Previously, we wrote about using flickr’s geotagging as a measure of cultural buzz. Now, a new project called Locals and Tourists by Eric Fischer analyzes the differences between where (and, presumably, what) locals and tourists take photos in cities around the world. There’s New York and London, Amsterdam and Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo, and many more. Blue points on the map are pictures taken by locals (people who have taken pictures in this city dated over a range of a month or more). Red points are pictures taken by tourists (people who seem to be a local of a different city and who took pictures in this city for less than a month).

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