Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider, was today awarded two 2019 Pulitzer Prizes from Columbia University. This marks the second consecutive year that Reuters has received two Pulitzer Prizes.
Reuters journalists Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo and their colleagues were recognized as co-winners, alongside the Associate Press, in the International Reporting category, for their series of investigations on the mass expulsion of the Rohingya from Myanmar. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in the course of their reporting on a massacre of 10 Rohingya men and boys in Inn Din. They were sentenced to seven years in a Yangon prison in September, and have spent 490 days in jail. Awarding the prize to Reuters, the Pulitzer committee recognized the team for “expertly exposing the military units and Buddhist villagers responsible for the systematic expulsion and murder of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, courageous coverage that landed its reporters in prison.”
Reuters photographers Mike Blake, Lucy Nicholson, Loren Elliott, Edgard Garrido, Adrees Latif, Goran Tomasevic, Kim Kyung Hoon, Alkis Konstantinidis, Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Carlos Barria and Ueslei Marcelino were recognized in the Breaking News Photography category, for their photos of the mass migration of Central and South Americans towards the U.S. border, and its aftermath. Awarding the prize to Reuters, the Pulitzer committee recognized the team for “a vivid and startling visual narrative of the urgency, desperation and sadness of migrants as they journeyed to the U.S. from Central and South America.”
“While it’s gratifying to be recognized for the work, public attention should be focused more on the people about whom we report than on us: in this case, the Rohingya and the Central American migrants,” said Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler.
“I’m thrilled that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their colleagues have been recognized for their extraordinary, courageous coverage, and our photojournalists for their moving pictures that show humanity defying huge obstacles,” said Adler. “I remain deeply distressed, however, that our brave reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are still behind bars just for reporting the truth.”
Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider, reaching billions of people every day. Reuters provides trusted business, financial, national and international news to professionals via desktops, the world’s media organizations and directly to consumers at Reuters.com and via Reuters TV. Follow news about Reuters at @ReutersPR.
A new strategic partnership between industry giant Flickr and Pixsy, an image monitoring and legal-tech service, offers photographers the first-ever, fully integrated end-to-end solution to protect their work.
Believing that photographers have a right to protect their work is a fundamental position shared by Flickr, the world’s largest photographer-focused community, and Pixsy, a leader in the copyright detection space. This strategic partnership empowers photographers to enforce their rights by giving them the tools to track their images and to take legal action across the globe in an effort to preserve the integrity and value of their work.
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Flickr is the first platform of its kind to take such significant action to help properly protect the work and the rights of its users. As part of this partnership, Flickr members will be able to automatically integrate their Flickr images with Pixsy’s advanced monitoring and protection platform, and Flickr Pro members will get an enhanced service offering access to 1,000 monitored images, 10 DMCA takedown notices, and unlimited case submission — all for free.
“We want our photographers to feel comfortable sharing their work online. We offer clear controls for privacy and copyright, and we stand by our photographers in asserting their rights in the case that theft occurs,” said Andrew Stadlen, VP of Product for Flickr. “Partnering with a company like Pixsy makes complete sense for our community and helps us deliver on what we believe is a core value for Flickr.”
Pixsy CEO Kain Jones stated: “Flickr has a long-standing reputation as the world’s most influential photography platform and with Pixsy, their members will know that their images are being actively protected. We use state of the art technology to find and fight image theft.”
When a copyright infringement is detected by Pixsy, the photographer is alerted and can then decide what action to take. Photographers have access to a comprehensive case resolution service to recover lost licensing revenue and damages, along with the tools to register images with the US Copyright office and send automated DMCA takedown notices.
Pixsy partners with an international network of law firms, working on a no win, no fee basis. To date, Pixsy has handled over 70,000 cases of copyright infringement, returning millions of dollars to the creative industries.
This pioneering partnership is particularly timely in light of significant changes to copyright law internationally. The European Parliament has passed a controversial new Copyright Directive which is set to change how the sharing of images and other copyrighted materials online is regulated and enforced. The US Copyright Office is also currently undertaking extensive modernization to better meet the needs of copyright owners.
This year, the issue of copyright infringement is firmly on the agenda for image creators and image users alike. Flickr and Pixsy have taken a bold step together to enforce the rights of photographers around the world.
Flickr helps people store and share their favorite photos and videos with those who matter to them. Fueled by photographers who are passionate about connecting with others through photography, Flickr offers users a place to explore and expand their craft. Together with SmugMug, which acquired Flickr last year, the united brands have created the largest and most influential photography-focused community in the world.
Founded by photographers in 2014 to fight for the rights of artists and photographers, Pixsy is an award-winning legal-tech service for online image protection and copyright enforcement. Actively protecting the images of photographers, agencies, artists, and illustrators, their pioneering AI-powered solution has uncovered more than 200 million matches. This 24/7 image monitoring solution is coupled with an expert case resolution service which recovers lost revenue for creatives. Pixsy partners with 26 law firms across the world and has handled 70,000 copyright infringement cases.
Arthur Tress and Mark Ruwedel join a diverse group of respected photographers whose works are at Stanford Libraries, including Herbert Matter, Michael Bishop, Linda Connor, Joseph Mills, David Bacon, Lewis Morley, Linda Aguilar, Milton Rogovin, and Carleton Watkins, among others.
Stanford Libraries launched a new program within its Department of Special Collections focused solely on developing a rich photographic research and teaching collection. The Photography Initiative will acquire and preserve the archives of notable photographers, including Arthur Tress and Mark Ruwedel, who recently placed their archives at Stanford.
“The Photography Initiative demonstrates an institutional commitment from Stanford Libraries to our community and art form,” said Ruwedel, winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award (2014) and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2014). “In the past year, my prints have already been incorporated into classes. It is reassuring to know your work will be cared for and actually studied.”
Tress’ and Ruwedel’s archives join other notable photography collections already among the Libraries’ Special Collections holding. These include, 157 mammoth albumen plates by Carleton Watkins, a 19th century landscape collection whose work is said to have influenced Congress’ decision to establish the National Park System; Chicana photographer Laura Aguilar whose work challenges contemporary notions of beauty especially among marginalized communities; poet Allen Ginsberg whose photos document Beat Generation activities; Herbert Matter a pioneer in abstract photography; Doug Menuez’s archive documenting Silicon Valley from 1986-2000; Isabelle May Chan and Leo Chan’s studio photographs of Chinese Americans in San Francisco (1923-1960), and photographers Bob Fitch and David Bacon, whose works provide first-hand accounts of social justice, civil rights and labor movements.
Situated in Special Collections instead of a discipline-focused library allows a photographer’s archive to be leveraged across several disciplines. “Having the flexibility to pair photographs with rare books or other materials across the Libraries’ collections brings the photographs, as well as the supplemental material, to life in completely new ways,” said Peter Blank, Stanford Libraries’ curator overseeing the Photography Initiative.
Recently, an American Studies class visited Special Collections to view a mix of material that ranged from Galileo’s “Siderius Nuncius” (1610), an astronomical pamphlet known to be the first published scientific work based on observations made through a telescope, to photographs by Michael Bishop (1946-2016) that were inspired by NASA’s Gemini and Apollo missions. Bishop is also a recent addition to the Photography Initiative; his work donated by his mother, Hazel Bishop.
Stanford and Photography
Stanford’s engagement with photography dates back to Eadweard Muybridge’s stop-action
experiments in the 1870s, when Leland Stanford, the university’s co-founder, commissioned Muybridge to prove that horses, midstride, lift all four hooves off the ground. The photo experiment proved successful, and Muybridge’s technique eventually gave birth to the motion picture industry.
Through the years, Stanford students have also shared a deep appreciation for photography. In 1969 when Leo Holub founded Stanford’s photography program, students lined up overnight to enroll. More recently, Stanford’s Department of Art & Art History doubled the number of introductory Photography I classes due to high student demand. A library component is featured in nearly all the classes.
In her seminar, “Pacific Dreams: Art in California,” Stanford Assistant Professor Marci Kwon, introduces students to the diverse history of artistic practice in California, with special attention paid to the way issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration have shaped California’s art and visual culture.
“One of the primary aims of my teaching is to show students how the past links to the present,” said Kwon, who displayed photographs of Carlton Watkins, Arthur Tress and Mark Ruwedel for a recent class session.
Her students spent time looking at each image, and discussed the connections between the time periods and cultures captured by these three photographers. Because it was a freshman seminar course, Kwon appreciated how unique this visit was for many of her students.
“There is nothing quite like encountering the physical object and looking at it carefully and closely,” said Kwon. “This session was by far my students’ favorite class. For me, photography is a vital teaching tool that makes history less abstract and more present, materializing the continuities and differences between the historical and the contemporary.”
By the end of 2019, Stanford Libraries estimates that over 6,000 works will be donated to its Photography Initiative, which will exceed $20,000,000.00 in value. The Founding Friends of the Photography Initiative who donated these works include David Knauss, Trixy Castro, Jon and Ellen Vein, Peter Barbur and Tim Doody, as well as others who wish to remain anonymous.
Besides the Tress and Ruwedel archive commitments, significant bodies of work by photographers Michael Bishop, Linda Connor, Joseph Mills, Lewis Morley and Milton Rogovin are also included in the Photography Initiative.
The Libraries’ efforts are supportive of and work in partnership with endeavors across Stanford, including the Cantor Museum and the Anderson Collection, demonstrating the university’s ongoing commitment to the arts.
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The National Press Club’s journalism contest includes an award for excellence in news photography.
The contest will recognize excellence for an individual news photo and the contest is limited to photos taken during 2018. Only one news photo should be submitted per entry and people are limited to three separate entries at most.
The photo awards are intended to honor professional photojournalists who have produced outstanding work, either independently for news organizations or as employees of those news organizations. Non-traditional entrants are free to explain in supporting materials how they meet these journalistic criteria.
The winner will win one year’s free Club membership. Members may offer photo entries for free, while nonmembers pay $60 per entry. The winners will be honored at an awards dinner at the Club this summer. The deadline for entries is April 15.
Details about the contest can be found here:
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Do you aspire to make great photographs? Picture Methods, a free photography blog with supporting podcast, is aimed at helping photographers exercise their creative spirit, learn new techniques, and find inspiration to create portfolio-worthy photographs.
PictureMethods.com features photo essays to inspire photographers as they hone their skills. They’ll find insight about photography craft, including exposure, composition, visualization and more. The site features tips for deliberate practice and creativity boosters to help approach photography in new ways.
Picture Methods goes beyond equipment and trends to focus on how to tell stories with your camera.
“You don’t have to have the most expensive camera to make amazing photos,” says Scott Bourne, publisher of Picture Methods. He wants to inspire readers to experience the satisfaction of creating beautiful images through study and application of the craft. “It’s your individual perspective that makes the difference.”
PictureMethods.com features posts that share photography insights and inspiration, but also offers advice on best practices, gear reviews, and links to photo tours and workshops that are aimed at helping you improve your craft with expert guidance.
PictureMethods.com is owned by Scott Bourne. He is an Olympus Visionary and professional wildlife photographer, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He’s been involved with photography for more than four decades and his work has appeared in more than 200 publications. He is a pioneer in the digital photography and online space and was named one of the 30 most influential photographers on the Web by Huffington Post. He founded one of the first online photography sites, Photofocus, and co-founded This Week in Photo, the first photography podcast.
Global leaders who are determined to overcome humanity’s most pressing problems are featured in a photography exhibition opening in London’s Noho Showrooms on 14 March.
The exhibition, called ‘Changemakers: 35 visions of global leadership’, will feature 35 specially-commissioned portraits of UK-educated leaders taken by photographers from all over the world. The images, accompanied by reflections on their time spent studying in the UK, demonstrate the strength and global appeal of UK higher education, along with the UK’s commitment to welcoming talented individuals from around the world.
Amongst the leaders featured are the current President of Costa Rica; Botswana’s youngest ever government minister; a Sundance and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker; the first female judge in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan; and a winner of the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year award.
The exhibition celebrates the international ties forged through 35 years of the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarships programme.
Chevening was established in 1983 to help identify and develop future world leaders in a variety of fields. Since then, the programme has enabled 50,000 future leaders to transform their careers and their communities.
Louise Thomson, Head of Programme Management, said: ‘The spirit of 50,000 Chevening Alumni around the world is exemplified through our 35 changemakers.
‘From defending human rights, to campaigning for climate justice and countering extremism, those featured in our exhibition are diverse, but there is one thing that unites them: they have made the most of their UK education, and are using it to drive positive change in their home countries.’
Exhibition opening times:
Changemakers is free to attend, and open every day between 14 to 17 March 2019 from 10:00 to 18:00 at Noho Showrooms, 67 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PT.
For further information, please visit www.chevening.org. A selection of images for press use can be downloaded from our Dropbox. More images are available on request.
Notes to editors:
Chevening Scholarships are the UK Government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The scholarships support study at UK universities – mostly one year taught master’s degrees – for individuals with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers, and opinion formers.
Chevening began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international awards scheme. Chevening Scholars come from over 160 countries and territories worldwide, and more than 1,700 scholarships were awarded in 2018/2019. This academic year, Chevening celebrates its 35th anniversary and there are over 50,000 Chevening Alumni around the world who comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.
The exhibition is part of a programme of events and campaigns to celebrate Chevening’s 35th anniversary.
The name ‘Chevening’ comes from Chevening House in Sevenoaks, Kent – currently the joint official residence of the UK’s Foreign Secretary.
More information is available at www.chevening.org
Abia Akram, Pakistan
Chairperson, National Forum of Women with Disabilities (Pakistan); Director Projects, STEP (Special Talent Exchange Program)
MA Gender and International Development at the University of Warwick (2011)
Abia has been instrumental in leading the disability youth and women’s movement in Pakistan and the Asia Pacific region more widely.
Amna Zamir Khan, Pakistan
Additional District and Sessions Judge in Gilgit-Baltistan Judiciary
LLM Human Rights at the University of Leicester (2009)
Amna Zamir is the first female judge of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. As one of only a few female judges in Pakistan, she works to make the judicial system more approachable for women who might feel intimidated by a male-dominated judiciary.
Anjal Niraula, Nepal
General manager of Gham Power
MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh (2014)
Anjal is an off-grid solar power expert focused on addressing Nepal’s energy access problem. So far, Gham Power has installed 2.5mw of solar micro-grids across more than 2,000 projects in Nepal, helping to provide a reliable energy source to those who need it.
Archil Bakuradze, Georgia
Financier and technology entrepreneur
MSc Business Administration at Lancaster University (2003)
Archil is a financier and technology entrepreneur who believes that responsible business can empower humans and improve societies.
Baby Ruth Quinones Villarama, Philippines
Ma Film Distribution and Marketing, Birmingham City University (2015)
Baby Ruth is an award-winning filmmaker from the Philippines. Her films are generating national conversations and raising international awareness of modern-day issues such as human-trafficking and slavery.
Bogolo Kenewendo, Botswana
Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry
MSc International Economics at the University of Sussex (2012)
Appointed at age 30, she became the youngest minister in Botswana’s history.
Carlos Andrés Alvarado Quesada, Costa Rica
President of Costa Rica
MA Development Studies, University of Sussex (2008)
In May 2018, at the age of 38, Alvarado was elected as the 48th President of Costa Rica in a landslide victory, making him the country’s youngest president since 1916. His campaign was largely fought around issues of LGBTQ rights, including same-sex marriage.
Christian Achaleke, Cameroon
Peacebuilding and counter-extremism expert
MSc International Development at the University of Birmingham (2016)
Achaleke was himself a victim of radicalisation in his youth, and was named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year in 2016.
Dr Heesun Chung, South Korea
Professor and Dean, Graduate School of Analytical Science and Technology, Chungnam National University
Postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropharmacology and Forensic Science, Kings College, London (1990)
Heesun is a leading forensics expert and academic who was awarded a CBE in 2014 in recognition of her long-standing efforts to strengthen UK-Korea relations, particularly in the fields of science and education.
Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, Kenya
Founder and Executive Director, Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI)
Chevening Fellowship: Shariah and Governance, Birmingham University (2006)
HODI is a non-governmental organisation which uses football to bring divided communities together and promote the rights of women and girls in rural Kenya.
Gosia Pearson, Poland
Assistant to the Director-General at the European Commission
PhD Research International Relations at the University of Oxford (2005)
Gosia was recently responsible for organising the EU’s participation in the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, where she represented the EU.
Helen Anderson, New Zealand
Professional director of various companies
Visiting scholar at the Centre for Women Leaders at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge (2002)
Helen is the professional director of various companies, including Scion, BRANZ, Institute of Directors, Massey University, Antarctica New Zealand, NIWA, ClearPointGroup, and DairyNZ.
Herbert Wigwe, Nigeria
CEO and Group managing director, Access Bank
MA Banking and Finance at University College of North Wales (now Bangor University) (1990)
As one of Nigeria’s foremost corporate bankers, Herbert has helped develop some of Africa’s most formidable companies in the construction, telecommunications, energy, oil, and gas sectors.
Husam Zomlot, Palestine
Head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom
MSc, Development Studies, LSE (2000)
Husam is a leading advocate for Middle East peace process.
James Fletcher, Saint Lucia
Owner of SOLORICON
DPhil in Crop Physiology at the University of Cambridge (1988-1990)
James played a pivotal role in the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change in December 2015, serving as one of the chief high-level negotiators for the Caribbean and the Association of Small Island States in international climate change negotiations.
Jerome Cowans, Jamaica
Jamaica House Fellow for the Office of the Prime Minister – Jamaica
MSc Management: Operations, University of Birmingham (2015)
Jerome has been helping adolescents from an early age through LEAD – the association he founded for teen development.
Juan Pablo Larenas, Chile
Co-founder and Executive Director, Sistema B Internacional
MSc Development Management, London School of Economics (2008)
Sistema B is an international organisation that aims to strengthen companies that use the power of the market to solve social and environmental problems. Juan Pablo was named as a 2018 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Juliano Froehner, Brazil
Social entrepreneur; Founder, TNH Health
LLM International Economic Law, University of Warwick (1999)
Juliano’s start-up projects have garnered a number of prestigious awards, including from the Google Impact Challenge, and the Grand Challenge Canada / Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Kartini Ariffin, Malaysia
Director of Dbilique Media
MA Broadcast Journalism, Goldsmiths College, University of London (2006)
Kartini is a journalist, producer, and professional speaker with more than 15 years’ experience in the media industry. For ten years, Kartini hosted 3R (Respek, Relaks, Respon), a Malaysian TV show that aimed to uplift and empower young women.
Khongorzul (Zola) Amarsanaa, Mongolia
Co-Founder and Chairperson, Beautiful Hearts Against Sexual Violence
MSc Social Research Methods, University of Sussex (2015)
Zola is a qualified psychologist who has dedicated her life to eliminating violence against women and children in Mongolia, especially child sexual abuse.
Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw, Myanmar
Founder and lead designer, Virya Myanmar
MSc International Development, University of Birmingham (2011)
Pyone worked in garment factories from a young age, witnessing the exploitative labour conditions faced by young, female, employees, She developed Virya Myanmar, a social enterprise which provides safe working conditions and training opportunities for its female employees, who mainly come from underprivileged backgrounds.
Maya Terro, Lebanon
Social activist; Co-founder and Executive Director at FoodBlessed
MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development, SOAS School of Oriental & African Studies (2016)
Food activist Maya’s mission is to make a difference to hunger-relief, creating the NGO FoodBlessed.
Mercy Nachalwe Chipampe, Zambia
Principal Radiographer, Cancer Diseases Hospital, Lusaka
MSc Diagnostic Radiography, Cardiff University (2009)
Mercy is a leading expert in radiography and mammography, who is making innovative strides in early cancer detection and treatment in Zambia.
Milan Antonijevic, Serbia
Human Rights advocate; Executive Director – Open Society Foundation Serbia
Fellowship Using Democracy for Peace, University of Bradford (2009)
Milan Antonijevic is a prominent human-rights defender and, since 2010, the Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights, YUCOM, in Belgrade.
Nagi El Dahdah, Lebanon
Investigating Criminal Judge, Ministry of Lebanon
Fellowship course in Implementing Human Rights Conventions, University of Nottingham (2010)
Nagi is the Investigating Criminal Judge in north Lebanon. His way of ruling complies with implementing human rights, creating history for certain communities in a country with strong laws and beliefs.
Noor Huda Ismail, Indonesia
Founder, Institute of International Peace Building
MLitt International Security, St Andrews University (2005)
Noor is a peacebuilder, writer, and filmmaker specialising in de-radicalisation and counter-terrorism. Through research, arts, and civil society initiatives, Noor is developing the means to reform former terrorists and reincorporate them back into mainstream Indonesian society.
Panut Hadisiswoyo, Indonesia
Founding Director, Orangutan Information Centre
MA Communication studies, University of Leeds (2003)
Panut has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards recognising 20 years of pioneering work in conservation, including National Geographic’s Emerging Explorer Award, the World Wildlife Fund’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Award, and the UN GRASP’s Ian Redmond Conservation Award.
Rajab Mohandis, South Sudan
Executive Director, Organization for Responsive Governance
MA International Development: Politics and Governance, University of Manchester (2013)
Rajab has dedicated his career to the promotion of democracy, education, and good governance in South Sudan, working for a number of national and international civil society organisations.
Sandra Guzmán, Mexico
Founder and Coordinator, The Climate Finance Group for Latin America and the Caribbean
MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation, London School of Economics (2012)
Sandra is an environmental protection expert. Through her work with the Climate Finance Group, Sandra is involved in the development of environmental policy and law in Mexico, with a goal of reducing emissions in the energy and transport sectors at a national level.
Saundarya Rajesh, India
Social Entrepreneur, Founder & President for AVTAR Group
Fellowship course in Women in Leadership, University of Bradford (2005)
Saundarya is a respected thought-leader on diversity and inclusion in India. She has been recognised by India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development, and has also been listed among the United Nation’s ‘Women Transforming India’.
Shahira Abdel Shahid, Egypt
Senior Advisor to the Chairman for Investor Protection, Financial Regulatory Authority of Egypt
MSc Finance, Strathclyde University (1989)
Shahira’s expertise has successfully steered the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) for the past 20 years. In her role as senior adviser, she has advised seven chairmen on strategies to enhance the leadership position of the EGX in Africa and the Middle East.
Silvia Iliana Ramírez Ramírez, Mexico
Human Capital Director, Software Council of Nuevo Leon
MSc Information Systems, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (1996)
Silvia is a computer scientist, lecturer, and programmer who is passionate about encouraging young people from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds to pursue science education.
Sujoy Banerjee, India
Chief Conservator of Forests in the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department
Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development (2005) at Bangor University
Sujoy is a distinguished conservationist with the Indian Forest Service known for his wildlife conservation efforts in India.
Dr William Tan, Singapore
MSc Comparative Social Policy, Health and Healthcare, University of Oxford (2003)
William is a doctor, academic and Paralympic medallist. He holds six world marathon records, and has raised more than $18 million for charities worldwide.
Zhao Qi, China
Independent filmmaker (documentary); VR/AR productions
MA Documentary by Practice at Royal Holloway, University of London (2002)
Zhao Qi is a Sundance and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker in Beijing. His works include Last Train Home (2011 Emmy Awards), China Heavy Weight (2012 Golden Horse Award), Fallen City (2013 Sundance nomination) and The Chinese Mayor (2015 Sundance Special Jury Prize).
SOURCE Chevening Scholarships programme
New AI-Integrated Platform Can Help Photographers Advance Their Craft, Save Time with an Improved Workflow as well as Easily Organize and Share Their Photos
In 2017, approximately 1.2 trillion photos were taken; turning millions of people into prolific photographers1, who are spending a tremendous amount of time arranging and searching through their library of photos. To help photographers streamline their workflow and continually improve their craft, Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the company’s first online photo-community platform – RAISE. This new platform utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) to help photographers organize and categorize their photos through auto-tagging.
Features and benefits of RAISE include:
Organize – Through the use of Canon’s AI engine, photos uploaded to the platform can be auto-tagged through category and subject tags, as well as photo-centric tags such as the composition, style, emotion and color. Users can upload high-resolution JPEG images to the platform and all photographers retain ownership of all images uploaded to RAISE.
Explore – Photographers can receive insights from the RAISE community to learn and help improve their skills to step-up their photography. They can also draw inspiration from the platform with a feed personalized for them based on their own uploaded photos, tags and preferences.
Share – Photographers can create Collections within RAISE to privately share with current and prospective clients as well as loved ones, who may not be a part of the RAISE community. A photographer’s work can also be shared publically within the community to receive recognition as well as photo-centric compliments from other photographers, like “great lighting,” “beautiful composition,” etc.
An Adobe Lightroom plugin version of RAISE, which is compatible with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, is currently scheduled to be released next month. This will further enhance the usability of the RAISE features such as auto-tagging images within a user’s Lightroom library through RAISE collections in the platform.
“Creativity is born from community – from collaboration with like-minded individuals,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With RAISE, we are building that community for photographers. Through this new platform, photographers from all different professional backgrounds and skill sets can come together to share their talents and connect with others in the community. Simply put, we hope RAISE will inspire the next generation of photographers to RAISE the bar and propel their creativity to new heights.”
The new platform along with Canon’s latest solutions will be showcased at this year’s Wedding Portrait & Photography Show (WPPI) in Las Vegas from February 27 – March 1 in the Canon booth #121.
For more information about RAISE and/or to join the community, please stop by the Canon booth at WPPI or visit, raise.usa.canon.com.
†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
1Based on the Infotrends Worldwide Consumer Photos Captured and Stored, 2013-2017 Study
SOURCE Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Artprice provides an analysis business results to decipher the market trends in art. This week Artprice addressed the photography auction.
Thierry Ehrmann: ” The photography market represents just 1.7% of sales ‘ global business, 3% of the number of lots sold. But it has extremely interesting features that distinguish it from all other segments, starting with the fact that it is strongly dominated by Contemporary Art. Curiously, the figurehead of this market is this year again a woman artist, and even a maturing artist: Cindy Sherman . ”
- Cindy SHERMAN (1954) – United States
With 18 lots already sold for more than $ 1 million at auction, Cindy Sherman is one of the three must-haves in the photography market. The price of his shots has been slowly increasing since 2012, but his market is particularly liquid, with more than 60 photographs sold per year, and an unsold rate of only 20%.
- Richard PRINCE (1949) – United States
Andreas GURSKY (1955) – Germany
Wolfgang TILLMANS (1968) – Germany
The single-edition photographs of the Freischwimmer, Einzelgänger and Greifber series have been hugely successful for two years now in auction houses , now exceeding $ 600,000. Yet more than 60% of his photos are still sold for less than $ 50,000 at auction. Wolfgang Tillmans was discovered by the general public in 2000, receiving the Turner Prize. In 2017, he was crowned by a retrospective at Fondation Beyeler, Basel.
- Irving PENN (1917-2009) – United States
Robert MAPPLETHORPE (1946-1989) – United States
Hiroshi SUGIMOTO (1948) – Japan
While the United States dominates the photography market to a large extent, Germany, Japan and France remain highly committed to this medium. For 15 years, Sugimoto has been the most successful Japanese photographer on the second market. His maritime horizons, made in the four corners of the planet, form his most accomplished and most appreciated work of collectors. Its major editions, in five draws, today exceed $ 300,000.
- Richard AVEDON (1923-2004) – United States
Ansel Easton ADAMS (1902-1984) – United States
Diane ARBUS (1923-1971) – United States
Helmut NEWTON (1920-2004) – Germany
He is one of the few major photographers to record a price record in 2018. The only known impression of Panor amic Nude with Gun, Villa d ‘ Este, Como (1989) far exceeded the estimates of the Phillips auction house. May 18 in London, to frolic the million dollars.
- Peter BEARD (1938) – United States
Thomas RUFF (1958) – Allemag only
Barbara KRUGER (1945) – United States
Gerhard RICHTER (1932) – Germany
Gustave LE GRAY (1820-1884) – France $ 1,448,561
77 photographs of Gustave Le Gray were auctioned in 2018, with a peak of $ 225,000. This performance makes Le Gray the most successful photographer of the nineteenth century, that is to say the first major historical figure of photography on the Art Market. However, the price of his works tends to be compressed. Boats leaving the port of Le Havre (1856-57), which had set a record $ 1,264,000, on June 18, 2011 at Rouillac ( France ), was resold $ 965,000 on February 17, 2016 at Christie’s in New York .
- Man RAY (1890-1976) – United States
The year 2017 will have awakened Man Ray’s market , notably by recording two successive records for his photographs. First Portrait of a tearful woman (1936) on May 17, 2017 in New York , then Black and White (1926) on November 9 in Paris , bought $ 2.2 million and $ 3.1 million respectively. Although the beautiful prints were much rarer in 2018, Man Ray remains one of the pillars of the photography market.
- Edward Henry WESTON (1886-1958) – United States
László MOHOLY-NAGY (1895-1946) – Hon fie
Robert FRANK (1924) – Switzerland
After having experienced tremendous growth just before the 2008 crisis, the value of Robert Franck’s works has slowly stabilized. The price of his photos remains 2.5 times higher on average than 20 years ago, with sales regularly exceeding $ 100,000.
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