NYPL releases trove of public-domain images

More than 180,000 images held in the archives of the New York Public Library were put online this week in what may be the largest web-based collection of photographs in the public domain.

Broome Street, Nos. 504-506, Manhattan. 1935. By Berenice Abbott.

The library announced on its blog that users of the NYPL Digital Collections would contain easier-to-use links and filters to find restriction-free content. Power users will also have access to the database’s Digital Collections API, as well as additional tools added to the NYPL’s GitHub account.


In addition to photographs, the collection includes historic maps, botanical illustrations, unique manuscripts, ancient religious texts, and more.

Some of the photography collections available include:

The collection also includes historic maps, botanical illustrations, unique manuscripts, ancient religious texts and more. Visit nypl.org/publicdomain for information.

Carrie and Alfred with Alfred’s pony ‘Tim’

Wim Wenders on Walker Evans, Polaroids

Filmmaker Wim Wenders speaks with MoMA curator Josh Siegel about the inspiration for his 1974 film, “Alice in the Cities.”

The conversation is part of a retrospective of the German-born filmmaker, organized by the Museum of Modern Art.

The film exhibition runs March 2-17, 2015.

Magnum Photos announces new members

Moises Saman was named the newest full member of Magnum Photos at the organization’s annual meeting in New York this week.

A former Newsday staff photographer, the Peruvian-born Saman focused on covering the post-9/11 world, spending time in Afghanistan, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries. Leaving the New York-based newspaper, he became a freelancer with Panos Pictures in 2007 and has since received numerous awards from the likes of World Press Photo.

In 2010, he was invited to join Magnum Photos as a nominee.

Magnum Photos also announced new associate members Bieke Depoorter and Jérôme Sessini, and nominee Sohrab Hura.

The agency’s 67th annual meeting kicked off at International Center of Photography, with a reception for the Magnum Contact Sheets exhibition at MILK Gallery. The event concluded at NeueHouse.

via Magnum Photos Blog.

A photograph that exposed World Cup trickery

1990 World Cup

Ricardo Alfieri, a photographer covering the 1990 World Cup in Italy, captured a series of images that exposed a blatant attempt to tilt the results of a critical game between Brazil and Chile.

A flare fired from the Brazilian section of Maracana Stadium appeared to strike Chilean goalkeeper Roberto Rojas bloody, jeopardizing the Brazilian team’s continued participation in in the tournament.

“Amazing as it may sound, no TV camera caught the moment the flare flew over and supposedly hit the goalkeeper,” photographer Paulo Teixeira told CNN.

“I missed the shot and so did most of the photographers,” he added. “But there was one guy by me — Ricardo Alfieri, a good friend — and I asked him, ‘Ricardo, did you capture the flare?’ He said, ‘Of course, about four, five shots.'”

After a hastily processing lab was readied to develop the film, Brazilian newspaper Globo agreed to pay the then-exorbitant sum of $5,000 for rights to the photos.

The images showed that the flare had landed about a meter away from Chile’s goaltender, who faked the injury by cutting himself with a hidden razor blade in an attempt to eliminate Brazil’s team.

FIFA awarded Brazil a 2-0 technical victory that took it to the finals and banned goalie Rojas for life.

His wife, Viviane Rojas, told CNN that her husband, who at the time played professionally for Sao Paulo, had been forgiven by the city.

“Here in Brazil, Roberto has always been loved,” she said. “The most important thing for Brazilians is that he has, in his interviews, come across as a human being with a very distinct and good character. He has admitted his guilt and been forgiven.”

via How a Single Photograph Thwarted One of the Most Heinous Cheats in Soccer History.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds mobile-phone privacy

The U.S. Supreme Court

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision upheld the privacy rights of mobile phones belonging to people who are arrested.

This is a bold opinion,” Orin S. Kerr, a law professor at George Washington University, told The New York Times. “It is the first computer-search case, and it says we are in a new digital age. You can’t apply the old rules anymore.”

In the written decision, Chief Justice John Roberts noted in Riley v. California that mobile phones commonly contain “a digital record of nearly every aspect of their lives — from the mundane to the intimate.”

Roberts also acknowledged the multipurpose nature  of mobile phones.

“They could just as easily be called cameras, video players, Rolodexes, calendars, tape recorders, libraries, diaries, albums, televisions, maps or newspapers,” he wrote.

The court also prohibited the deletion of data contained within mobile phones, or their confiscation.

“Digital data stored on a cell phone cannot itself be used as a weapon to harm an arresting officer or to effectuate the arrestee’s escape. Officers may examine the phone’s physical aspects to ensure that it will not be used as a weapon, but the data on the phone can endanger no one,” Roberts wrote.

The specific language is notable, as police departments have claimed in numerous seizure cases that they had “feared” for their lives from the phone as a potential weapon. The claim is made constantly on photo-rights blog Photography Is Not A Crime.

The court also carved out a right to privacy distinct inherent in digital devices from physical searches at the time of arrest.

“A conclusion that inspecting the contents of an arrestee’s pockets works no substantial additional intrusion on privacy beyond the arrest itself may make sense as applied to physical items, but more substantial privacy interests are at stake when digital data is involved,” the decision stated.

(via Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant to Search Cell Phones | Photography is Not a Crime)

Timothy Archibald captures autistic son’s habits

Timothy Archibald and his son, Elijah, have created a body of work that captures the unique interactions between the boy and the world at large.

Archibald told the New York Times Lens Blog that the portraiture sessions were brief, regularly scheduled and sparked by his son’s interest in something.

It was Eli’s idea to see if a very large manila envelope would fit over his head; Eli’s idea to blow into one end of a vacuum cleaner hose and hold the other end to his ear to hear the whoosh. It was Eli’s idea to see if he could curl up his body until it fit inside a clear plastic toy box, to flatten his features with a wide rubber band, to look through the wide end of a funnel that happened to be the same circumference as his face.

“He has always fetishized objects,’’ Archibald said. “They are iconic to him.’’

The photographs are available in a limited-edition book of 43 images, “Echolilia,” which is available on Archibald’s website.

(via Loving Father Photographs Unique Habits of His Autistic Son – My Modern Met)

N.Y. cameraman wins $200,000 police settlement

News cameraman Philip Datz won a $200,000 settlement from the Suffolk County Police Department stemming from his 2011 arrest at the scene of an investigation.

“This settlement is a victory for the First Amendment and for the public good,” Datz said. “When police arrest journalists just for doing their job, it creates a chilling effect that jeopardizes everyone’s ability to stay informed about important news in their community. Journalists have a duty to cover what the police are doing, and the police should follow the law and respect the First Amendment to ensure they can do that.”

In addition to the monetary award, the county also agreed to implement a new training program and create a Police-Media Relations Committee, according to the National Press Photographers Association.

In a video of the arrest, Suffolk County Police Sergeant Michael Milton tells Datz repeatedly to “go away.”

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Milton says. “There’s nothing you can hold over my head or anybody out there.”

via New York Photojournalist Wins $200,000 Settlement from Viral Video Incident 

Damon Casarez on being, photographing ‘Boomerang Kids’

The New York Times Magazine cover photo by Damon Casarez

Damon Casarez speaks to A Photo Editor about his first national feature for The New York Times Magazine, “It’s Official: The Boomerang Kids Won’t Leave.”

For the feature, Casarez created portraits of college graduates who had moved back in with their parents.

It was an experience with which he was familiar:

I had to move back home after having a rough summer where assisting work and shooting work was extremely slow and I had no savings because my overhead was so high with student loans, rent, insurance, etc. Moving back home was my last resort and I felt like a failure for a bit. After beginning the project and realizing how many others were out there like me, it was clear that I needed to bring this story to light and share the experience of the “Boomerang Kids,” including my own story.

via The Daily Edit – Damon Casarez: The New York Times Magazine | A Photo Editor.

David Davies on photographing the Monaco Grand Prix

David Davies reveals what it is like to cover the Monaco Grand Prix.
On the eve of the Monaco Grand Prix, photographer David Davies reveals what it is like to cover the prestigious motor race.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to photograph one of the world’s most famous sports — the Monaco Grand Prix — a veteran lensman David Davies  shares some of his insights.

Monaco was always the race I looked forward to as a kid, so to go and work there now is a bit like getting the keys to the sweet shop,” he told BBC picture editor Phil Coomes. “It always leaves me wanting more.”

Davies, a photographer with the Press Association, was assigned to cover the Monaco Grand Prix, which took place 25 May 2014.

via BBC News – Photographing the Monaco Grand Prix

Bruce Weber depicts Detroit and its denizens

Parishioner outside Perfecting Church, Detroit, Michigan, 2006
Parishioner outside Perfecting Church, Detroit, Michigan, 2006, pigment print. © Bruce Weber

DETROIT — While first visiting Detroit on assignment for W magazine in 2006, the renowned fashion photographer saw something more than the faded glory of a preeminent American city.

Patti Smith, Musician and Writer, New York City, 1996, gelatin silver print. © Bruce Weber
Patti Smith, Musician and Writer, New York City, 1996, gelatin silver print. © Bruce Weber

“If I was ever in trouble, I would want someone from Detroit to be there with their dukes up along with mine,” Weber said at an event touting his upcoming exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Curiously, it was Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour who helped bring the show to fruition, following a lunch meeting with Weber at which he exclaimed, “I love Detroit!”

The exhibit, “Detroit — Bruce Weber,” which comprises some 80 photographs, opens 20 June 2014 and runs through 14 September 2014.

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