With all of the recent problems that photojournalists and news reporters have had to endure from police officers and other influential figures in the United States comes disconcerting news, and raw footage (above), of our fellow creatives across the pond in London, England suffering from the same issues – only this time from security guards.
Under the Watchful Eye of Homeland Security: Why is Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Laura Poitras Continuously Detained at the Border?
Laura Poitras, an Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker and journalist, has a plethora of films and documentaries under her belt, most of them involving war, politics, and life abroad in various Middle Eastern countries. While her films have been recognized and openly embraced by numerous film critics and acclaimed festivals in her home country of the United States, her efforts to continue fulfilling her creative passions have been incessantly interrupted by the American government.
The Story of Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi: A Man Arrested, Exiled in his Own Home, and Punished for Expressing His Creativity
We’ve posted a few of articles concerning how some of our fellow international artists have experienced a plethora of struggles pertaining to their respected nation’s censorship and restriction of their photographic works of art. Although there have been some legal cases in the U.S. where artists have felt as though their constitutional rights to freedom of expression have been violated, and some cases where they may have, the situations can’t be as bad as what creatives abroad have had to face in general, take Iranian visual artist and filmmaker Jafar Panahi, for example…
Uncovering the Secrets of a Past Life – A Treasure Trove of Jack Robinson’s Celebrity Portraits Found in a Closet
When stained-glass designer Jack Robinson passed away in 1997, very few people were notified, which included his boss, Dan Oppenheimer. According to his employer, Robinson usually kept to himself and had very few friends. When no one came forward to take care of the various arrangements that death entails, Oppenheimer stepped up to plate.
Oppenheimer went to visit Robinson’s apartment, unsure of what he would come across. Little did he know, the boss’s visit to his deceased employee’s humble abode would prove to be interesting. The spotlessly clean and organized apartment boasted one of everything in the kitchen – one plate, one mug, and one bowl –, a dresser consisting of white button down shirts in order according to their sizes, and beautiful pieces of technology, cameras, displayed in cases. In his closet, however, a trove of treasure was just waiting to be unveiled.
Ian Van Kuyk, a photojournalist student from Temple University in Philadelphia, experienced just that the other day. The aspiring photographer was minding his own business on the front stairs of his house when he witnessed a police officer pull over a passing driver. Having been assigned some photography homework to do with his camera, on temporary loan from Temple, Van Kuyk decided that it was the perfect moment to get some work done.
Boston Admits Their Wrongdoing in Arresting Attorney, Bystander, & Cell Phone Recorder Simon Glik – $170,000 in Damages Paid
It seems as though we are slowly making concrete and optimistic progress concerning recorded altercations with police officers on cell phones, thanks to Simon Glik & the city of Boston, Massachusetts.
In the beginning of January, we covered a story concerning the bogus arrest of attorney Simon Glik. The article, which can be viewed HERE, focused on Glik’s unlawful arrest for whipping out his cell phone to record a police officer roughly handling and arresting another man. At the officer’s recognizance of the bystander’s recording, he was arrested, taken into custody, and slammed with the heavy, felonious charge of “illegal wiretap.”
It seems only natural for artistic minded individuals to dabble in other forms of visual creativity as a means of furthering personal expression and exploration. Some of the greatest artists in history are multi-talented, many of whom developed phenomenal works through numerous mediums. With the existence and evolution of modern digital visual making, specific to stills and motion, and the desire for one artist to his expand craft, Brooklyn-based photographer David Cohen can now add another creative trade to his resume – filmmaking.
In an unintended effort that pays homage to the culturally diverse and eclectic area he has been living in for the past seven years, Cohen has developed a web-series entitled Made in Brooklyn. The series of episodes feature video profile shorts of local individual artisans who contribute to the notion of old New York City. Cohen has toyed with idea of producing the videos for quite some time. He says, “I’ve wanted to make these kinds of profiles for a long time. And I think it’s kinda the future of what I do.”
Inspirational Story of a Woman Born Blind From Albinism, But Pursuing Her Dream of Photography Nevertheless
The stories of disabled individuals whose determination and willingness to defy their odds are constantly rousing and inspirational, especially in the field of visual arts, where all of our fellow visual creatives are reliant upon the use of their eyes. All aspects of our creative fields, down to filmmaking and photography, calls for, as the genre’s term implies, “vision,” suggesting that artists and their works must be perceptible to and by the sense of sight.
Amy Hildebrand, a successful photographer based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, was born with albinism, which impacted her sense of sight so convincingly that doctors told her parents she was legally blind, and therefore, will never be able to do anything a normal child could do. Little did doctors know, however, it would only be a matter of years until the feisty girl would defy all of the predictions set forth by her doctors.
Food for Thought: Israel Bans Use of Underweight or “Digitally Retouched” Models in Advertising Photos
For years and years, numerous media outlets have portrayed women as beautiful because they are thin and thin because they are beautiful. Young girls and women, primarily, have given too much consideration as to what the media and society deems attractive, which has produced an increasing twister-like cluster of health issues as a result.
In an effort to combat the plague of eating disorders that have been contributing to the plight of young men and women all over the world, a new Israeli law has been passed that bans the use of underweight models in advertising photos. The law also commands that should a model be digitally retouched in an advertisement to make him or her appear thinner than he or she is, a disclaimer concerning the augmentation must be included in the publication.