Photographer Ami Vitale is Safeguarding the Truth in Photojournalism

It’s terrible how photographs are often misused without proper permission or payment. In this instance a Nigerian creative director discovered photographer Ami Vitale‘s photo on The Alexia Foundation website. By adding a tear and hashtag one girl in a remote village of Guinea-Bissau instantly became a false victim of the Boko Haram kidnapping #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

After doing research on the internet Ami was able to locate where the tweet originated and who pushed it forward. The BBC was one of the major players who fought with Ami about “fair use” but eventually took the image down.

It is a shame to have any images misused at the expense of the subject and photographer. If you didn’t already know there is a Digital Millennium Copyright which heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the internet.

Please read more from Ami’s interview with Ochre Magazine as a guide to protecting your own original work.

Ami Vitale

The Alexia Foundation

Wanderlust Travelwide

Wanderlust is defined as a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about. The new Wanderlust Travelwide 4×5 film camera is just the type of equipment to do this. The Travelwide can focus from infinity down to 0.55 meters and a Pinwide pinhole is included. $149 + shipping, delivery Summer 2014. You can also view some beautiful test shots taken with the camera

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Stocksy. The band-aid to heal the wounds of micro-stock and a broken rights-managed system?

Stocksy is a new photo stock agency developed by Bruce Livingstone, the former creator of iStock and Brianna Wettlaufer, the former VP of development for iStock. Stocksy only accepts a maximum of 500 photographers to join per year. Photographers have to submit their portfolios for review and become contributors upon notification.

Stocksy describes their company as a “co-operative that is owned and run by its artists”. Photographers receive 50% of a standard license purchase, and 100% of an extended license purchase. They say artists also get to share in the profits at the end of the year, but I am not sure what that means.

Sales are considered royalty-free licenses and extended licenses can be purchased for use beyond the RF terms. The average rate for a stock download from Stocksy is said to be around $50.