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Unfiltered: Photographers React to Instagram’s New Terms

It was a holiday surprise that few anticipated, and even fewer appreciated, as Instagram changed its terms/conditions of service on Monday, Dec. 17. Before the announcement, 2012 had been a landmark year for the photo-sharing service: in April, the service was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion, seeing a proliferation of users. Publications like TIME, National Geographic and the New Yorker have integrated Instagram in their editorial work — TIME has twice featured Instagram photographs on our cover this year — once for our Wireless Issue and another to lead our print coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

Instagram’s strength lies in the application’s no-fuss, integrated and intuitive interface — camera software tied to your phone (and now your Facebook account) that allow users to visually document everything from important world events to their breakfast. But as photographers adopted Instagram for creative and even professional purposes, questions arose about ownership, property rights and profitability.

According to the changes, effective January 16, 2013, any photograph posted on Instagram’s service can be repackaged and sold by Instagram for advertising purposes without the user’s knowledge or consent.  In addition, by agreeing to the new terms, users are responsible for any legal claims that may result from the promotion or use of their images.

Long story short: Instagram can use your content to increase their revenue, and if a legal claim is brought against the company regarding how these images have been used, you (the user) might be responsible for the damages.

Adam McCauley

UPDATE (Tues, 5:25pm EST): Instagram has posted a statement responding to user feedback.

LightBox will be updating this post throughout the day as more photographers weigh in. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Jade Doskow, Montreal 1967 World’s Fair, “Man and His World,” Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome

Jade Doskow, Montreal 1967 World’s Fair, “Man and His World,” Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome

Jade Doskow

Montreal 1967 World’s Fair, “Man and His World,” Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome With Solar Experimental House,
, 2012
Website – JadeDoskowPhotography.com

Jade Doskow is a New York-based photographer and professor. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts and City University of New York, where she teaches architectural and digital photography. She is a photo-blogger for the Huffington Post and has exhibited her work widely. Her work has been featured on WIRED, NPR, and the New Yorker Photo Booth. Her large format photography examines the visual paradox between utopian architecture and its unpredictable current environment.

Jessica Todd Harper, Self Portrait With Marshall (Lion)

Jessica Todd Harper, Self Portrait With Marshall (Lion)

Jessica Todd Harper

Self Portrait With Marshall (Lion),
Philadelphia, 2009
From the New Work series
Website – JessicaToddHarper.com

Jessica Todd Harper’s work has been internationally exhibited and discussed in publications ranging from The New Yorker to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Her first monograph, Interior Exposure, was selected by O, The Oprah Magazine as well as PDN as a top book recommendation, was shortlisted at the NY Photo Festival for Best Book and won a first place Lucie Award. She was a project winner at Center, Santa Fe and one of “PDN’s 30”. Editorial clients include New York Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Die Zeit Literatur and Newsweek. Jessica has been invited to talk about her work at The International Center for Photography, NYC; Google Headquarters, Palo Alto, CA and Aperture Gallery, NYC. Harper has taught at both The ICP and Swarthmore College. Her next book is due out in Spring 2014 and will include writings by Alain de Botton and Alison Nordstrom. She lives and works in Philadelphia.

A Photo Student Update

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But you can find me at The New Yorker’s Photo Booth or hanging out at http://jamespomerantz.tumblr.com




Review Santa Fe: Alejandro Cartagena

Over the next month, I will be sharing the work of photographers who attended Review Santa Fe in June.  Review Santa Fe is the only juried review in the United States and invites 100 photographers to Santa Fe for a long weekend of reviews, insights, and connections.  

Alejandro Cartagena‘s name may sound familiar as his work has been well recognized over the past several years. He lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico and Alejandro’s photographic focus has been examining the social, urban, and environmental landscape of a contemporary Mexico.  His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of several museums including the SFMoMA, MoCP, and the Portland Museum of Art. Cartagena has received the Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award, the Lente Latino Award, and the Premio IILA-FotoGrafia 2012 Award in Rome. He was named a FOAM TALENT in 2012 and a PDN 30 in 2010. His work has been published in Newsweek, Nowness, Domus, the Financial Times, Le Monde, Stern, The New Yorker, and Wallpaper among others.
His new work, Car Poolers, examines the phenomenon of transportation of workers in Mexico.

CAR POOLERS: These images are a rare view into how Car Pooling is practiced by workers in Mexico, their working condition and suburban sprawls consequences upon these workers everyday life. Even though the workers are not conscious of the ecological impact they may have by traveling this way, they are a silent contributor to the preservation of our city and planet.

Jen Davis featured in Abe’s Penny August 2012 Edition

“…Abe’s Penny is a lit mag paired down to the most essential elements: image and text. Each issue consists of one story divided into four parts and printed on postcards. ‘They are not photographs and they are not texts,’ The New Yorker says of Abe’s Penny‘s unique publishing style, ‘but a combination of both, tangible objects with a heft and significance of their own.’”

Abe’s Penny’s August 2012 edition features images from Jen Davis, whose decade spanning “Self Portraits” series was featured in reGeneration 2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today, the second book in the esteemed series shining a spotlight on the next generation’s rising stars.

›› Shop Jen Davis’s limited-edition print Untitled No. 32, from the “Self Portraits” series
›› Buy reGeneration 2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today


Tearsheet of The Day | 25 June 2012

Platon’s portraits of one of my all time favourite  filmmakers, Woody Allen, in the latest edition of Newsweek International, to coincide with the release of Allen’s latest film To Rome With Love.

Newsweek (Int’l ed.) 25 June 2012 issue. Photos © Platon.

Platon(b.1968, London) is a British portrait photographer based in New York. He is a staff photographer at The New Yorker and his work appears regularly in the Time magazine.

He is perhaps most known in the photojournalism community for his 2007  photo of Russian president Vladimir Putin, which was awarded the 2008 World Press Photo Portrait prize. You can see Platon talk about the shoot here.

Platon’s most recent book is Power: Portraits of World Leaders, which is also available for the iPad.

Andrew Rowat

When I was in Boston recently, I received a lovely and thoughtful e-mail from Andrew Rowat, which sent me to his website. He was also in town for the Flash Forward Festival, but never mentioned that his photographs were on display and literally surrounding the Fairmont Hotel on the Harbor Walk.  I went for a stroll one morning, and realized I was walking over the imagery I had just seen on Andrew’s website.  His humility with the fact that his work was being celebrated on such a large scale was a bit remarkable. I feel it’s only appropriate to personally celebrate the work and the person of someone who I have come to admire.  He was commissioned to create the photographs I am sharing today, specifically for The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward and enRoute Magazine.

Andrew works as an editorial, commercial and fine art photographer.  He’s been honored with numerous awards including the PDN30 award, awards from The Magenta Foundation, Px3, and the APA.  His photographs have appeared in Vanity Fair,The New Yorker, Travel +Leisure, Dwell and many other publications.  His architectural images are stunning and worth a look on his site.

Images from Con/Textural Barcelona
was charged with photographing the ‘texture’ of Barcelona in a dual
commission for enRoute and Flash Forward/Magenta. The idea was that 6
images would end up in Boston as giant decals that you would stand on,
while viewing the 2011 Fast Forward winners; and that these same images
would appear in the magazine, paired with an accomplice that would give
you more of the context of the image, a sort of Con/Textural pairing. 
Beyond the textures themselves, I also wanted the images to reflect Barcelona in an encompassing/global manner – perhaps too ambitious for 6 images , but nonetheless. Barcelona has a wonderful architectural heritage with Antoni Gaudi leading the charge, but it is also a city that was once known for its textile industry, and I wanted to be sure to include both. 
Of course, you cannot visit Barcelona without reveling in the beach – the interface that glues city and sea together.

And there are two other things that strike you as you allow yourself the luxury of becoming a flaneur in this city – that there is graffiti everywhere, and that it is a city that is football/soccer-mad. The graffiti that greets you at every turn is not the haphazard tags of 1980s New York, but rather artful murals that adorn shopkeeps’ storefronts. Less eyesore and more public art they are a wonderful addition to the canvas of the city. Football, football, football. With FC Barcelona one of the top club teams in the world you can’t help but notice their impact on the people and the city.
The stadium that they play out of, Camp Nou, is a cathedral in and of itself playing host to 99,000 fans on game days. I wanted to add that element to the Barcelona story that I was trying to tell.A handful of days is never enough time in a city to get your head around it, but it is long enough for you to appreciate that you would love to spend more time there.

Andrew also has a series, Crumbled Empire, on the “stans” of the former Soviet Republic:
I set out in 2007 to document what was happening in the former Soviet Republics, the so-called ‘Stans’. I travelled overland from China through Kyrgyzstan, into Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. I have always been fascinated by the remnants of how and where we live as people. So I seek to create images that inform us about others’ lives without actually showing us the people in the images themselves. Put simply they are a portal into someone else’s life. 

Image from Crumbled Empire

I photographed the scenes using a large format film camera because I wanted to be able to capture detail in the images that would be apparent when they were printed quite large. Oftentimes for me it is the details that can unveil the humour in a photo. An oven in Kazakhstan now being used as a cupboard; an embroidered carpet of a drug baron hanging on a wall that doesn’t reveal it is a carpet until closer inspection; graffiti on a sign on the marge of what was once the Aral Sea, but misspelled as You Mother Fukce PIMP.