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Photographers, city council members sue NYC for systematic violations of civil rights during Occupy Wall Street

“The claims arise from a series of incidents in connection with Occupy Wall Street protests beginning in and around September 17, 2011 and continuing to the present day in which the City of New York in concert with various private and public entities have employed Officers of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) and others acting under color of state law, to intentionally and willfully subject Plaintiffs and the public to, among other things, violations of rights to free speech, assembly, freedom of the press, false arrest, excessive force, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution and, furthermore, purposefully obstructing Plaintiffs carrying out their duties as elected officials and members of the press, including oversight of the New York City Police Department.” -Rodriguez Et Al v. Winski Et Al. First Amended Complaint (pdf, scribd link)

We’ve written before about photographers being abused while covering protests in New York City. Now, photographers Stephanie Keith, Charles Meacham, the National Press Photographers’ Association (see their blog about the case), five NYC city council members, and others, have joined in a federal lawsuit against various New York City entities and officials, including Mayor Bloomberg, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and a number of identified and unidentified police officers, as well as JP Morgan Chase and other businesses in the Occupy Wall Street area, alleging that they engaged in the intentional obstruction of news-gathering activities, the business of elected officials, and Constitutionally-protected protest activities. The complaint can be read in it’s entirety here. In an NPPA press release about the lawsuit, a quotation summarizes photographer Stephanie Keith’s complaints against the city and others, “I joined this lawsuit because as a working journalist I’ve been arrested, thrown to the ground, hit with batons and yelled at by the NYPD while doing my job on assignment. I have seen my fellow journalists being treated this way as well. Why should journalists be subjected to trauma inducing harassment on the job?”

(via PDNpulse)

NYC Event: China Everbright featured in New York Photo Festival Slideluck Potshow XVI – 14 May 2011

I didn’t expect to be back in New York so quickly after dvafoto’s visit last week, but this is especially exciting for me. I’m pleased to announce my work, China Everbright, will be shown as part of the New York Photo Festival in Slideluck Potshow XVI on May 14, 2011, in Brooklyn, New York. The slideshows for the evening–from a breathtaking assortment of photographers–were curated by Whitney Johnson, who has just recently been named Director of Photography for the New Yorker. The event is at St. Ann’s Warehouse at 38 Water Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York, from 5:30p-10:30p.

The photographers selected for the evening are: Alex Fradkin, Alex Webb, Benjamin Sklar, Bruce Gilden, Carolyn Drake, Chris Hondros, Dominic Bracco, Dominic Nahr, Elena Dorfman, James Pomerantz, JR, Krisanne Johnson, Iwan Baan, Landon Nordeman, Luca Zanier, Luis Ladron de Guevara, Lyle Owerko, M. Scott Brauer, M. Wesley Ham, Mari Bastashevski, Mark Peterson, Martin Usborne, Matt Eich, Melanie Burford, Michael Christopher Brown, Natasja Fourie, Peter DiCampo, Phillip Toledano, Platon, Rinko Kawauchi, Stefano de Luigi, Steve Pyke, Steven Brahms, and Tim Hetherington. I’m excited to have my work shown in the company of so many talented and inspiring photographers; if you asked me for a list of my photographic idols, that list would be a goood start.

I also have one image in a slideshow presented by PDN at the New York Photo Festival, but I’m a little unsure on when and where that will be shown.

I hope you can make it to the event. If you’re there, please say hello. Here’s what I look like.

Exhibition: Giving Trees at 25CPW by the Magnum Foundation and the Green World Campaign

Advertisement - Shaoxing, China / M. Scott Brauer

Advertisement - Shaoxing, China / M. Scott Brauer

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be part of an exhibition in New York City this December. My photo of an environmental public service ad in China has been selected to be part of the Magnum Foundation and the Green World Campaign‘s exhibition “Giving Trees” at 25CPW, located at Central Park West & W 62nd St. The photo was recently used on the cover of 100Eyes recent issue on China. The exhibition features the work of Bruce Davidson, Gilles Peress, Alec Soth, Steve McCurry, Jim Goldberg, Mark Power, Jean Gaumy, Stuart Franklin, Larry Towell, Martine Franck, Danny Lyon, Werner Bischof Estate, Trent Parke, Peter Marlow, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, John Vink, Harry Gruyaert, Jonas Bendiksen, and selected other photographers (including me) found through a juried open call.

The opening will be held December 3, 2010, from 6 to 8pm at Central Park West & W 62nd St, and the exhibition runs through Jan. 9, 2011.

Update by Matt (12/3): Scott’s picture for this show was just featured in PDN’s Photo of the Day Blog, with the incorrect but flattering byline of “Scott Brauer / Magnum Photos”. Congrats to him for taking part in this show with such a great crowd! Please send in any pictures of the exhibition if you are able to attend.

Worth a look: Antonio Bolfo’s “NYPD Impact”

Antonio Bolfo - NYPD Impact

Antonio Bolfo - NYPD Impact

Antonio Bolfo‘s got a couple of interesting projects under his sleeves. Despite getting raked over the coals by his writer for a Newsweek piece, his work covering the ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti offers a telling view into the current situation. I thought I recognized the name under those pictures, and it turns out he’s the photographer behind the excellent NYPD Impact story that I saw a few months ago on the Reportage by Getty site. There’s more on his personal site and a good interview with him on the Photoletariat.

Worth a look: Abdulaziz and Derballa chronicle NYC Fashion Week

I’ve grown tired of photojournalistic coverage of NYC’s Fashion Week; the event feels too much like a press conference to justify such all-hands-on-deck reportage. But a couple friends of dvafoto, Mustafah Abdulaziz and Bryan Derballa, pulled out a few surprises around the runways in their coverage of the week for the Wall Street Journal. There are the runways and the models getting ready, but also a view of some of the unexpected fringes of the event and unusual perspectives on the yearly hurrah.

Check out Abdulaziz’s edit for MJR, Derballa’s work edited by Abdulaziz, Derballa’s outtakes, Abdulaziz’s work on the Wall Street Journal photo blog, and Derballa’s work on the Wall Street Journal photo blog.

Erica McDonald’s “The Dark Light of This Nothing”

Erica McDonald wrote in a while back. I’ve been a fan of her work for a long time, having first met her through lightstalkers, and hoped she might have a project to share. The selection she sent back, from “The Dark Light of This Nothing” is a beautiful portrait of Brooklyn, both timeless and very much of this moment, a look into what rapidly changing socioeconomics means for the city and, by extension, the country. Here’s what McDonald writes about the project:

Janet: Hi Erica..(kiss)

Erica McDonald [EM]: Hi, Where’s Adele?

Janet: Adele’s inside..Erica, this is my family, that’s uh..Donny, my sister in law, Sharon, Angie…David and that’s my brother John..

EM: You’ve got a good memory.

Janet: I’ve got a good memory, I have 38 nieces and nephews, I have to..this is just a little quarter of it.

EM: I’m trying to get people to talk about what the neighborhood was like and what it is like now and..

Janet: You want some dessert? Steven would know that, my husband would know that, and so would Mary.

EM: No thanks, I’m okay. Yeah, Mary was just talking to me a little.

Anthony: I wasn’t born here..I don’t know anything..
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On the road: en route to NYC

People get on a bus in Kunming, Yunnan, China.

People get on a bus in Kunming, Yunnan, China.

I’ll be in New York City for the next week for a full (and getting fuller!) schedule of meetings with editors at a variety of publications and organizations. Editors, fellow photographers, please let me know if you would like to get together between Sept. 7 and Sept. 12. I can be reached at (917) 512-3473.

Upcoming: Amongst the Poor by Gary Knight

From Amongst the Poor by Gary Knight

From Amongst the Poor by Gary Knight

Dispatches (which I’ve never held in my hands, but which I know in print has to be even better than the incomparable essays and photojournalism on the magazine’s site) never ceases to amaze. Amber, one of the dynamos behind the scenes of the operation, just emailed to let us know about a couple of events coinciding with the release of the 4th issue, “Out of Poverty.” I’m jealous I can’t be there for the talk and also to see the VII offices and gallery, which is a big step up from the tiny 2.5-desk office on the campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology when I was there…

First, Thursday, May 21, at 7p.m. at the VII Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn (28 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201), Gary Knight will present a slideshow and discuss the images published in “Out of Poverty.” The work presented will come from his recent work on poverty in India, which does not disappoint. Members of the public are invited to bring images of poverty on USB devices to print and hang on one wall of the gallery.

The next night, Friday, May 22, at 6:30pm at the VII Gallery, Gary Knight, World Press winner Tim Hetherington, and VII agency director Stephen Mayes, will “discuss war photography and representations of conflict.”