Seen from other eyes – colonialism and art from Werner Forman Archive

Werner Forman Archive press release – London – 31 March, 2017

During the period from the sixteenth century to the twentieth, European powers spread out all over the world, taking control and establishing settlements in the Americas, Australia, and parts of Africa and Asia. This was a very controversial process, still argued about to this day, which included exploitation of goods and resources, slavery, and brutal wars of conquest. Some commentators believe that the input of Western religion, education, technology and political practice was on the whole beneficial, but this is disputed.

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The famous Scottish poet Robert Burns once wished we had the power to “see ourselves as others see us!”.

How did the people on the receiving end of colonialism view the sudden appearance of “White Men” in their lands?


World Surf League selects Shutterstock as exclusive distributor for its professional surfing photo collection

Shutterstock press release – New York – 16 March, 2017

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global provider of imagery and music, announced today that it has signed an exclusive global distribution deal with World Surf League (WSL) to market and license imagery from WSL’s Championship Tour and Big Wave Tour Events. The deal also includes WSL’s extensive archive, showcasing thousands of pivotal moments from competitive surfing history.

This partnership expands Shutterstock’s global editorial content offering, providing enterprise customers with immediate access to WSL’s extreme sports photography. Leveraging advanced camera technology for underwater and overhead shots, the collection features a diverse range of images including exotic surf locations and world-class athletes like newly crowned 2016 WSL Champions John John Florence and Tyler Wright, 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater, six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore and three-time WSL Champions Mick Fanning and Carissa Moore.   (more…)

Getty Images and partner to promote positive images of modern Muslim women

Getty Images press release – New York – 8 March, 2017

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, and, the largest Muslim women’s online platform in the United States, today announced an exclusive content partnership that aims to tackle misrepresentation of Muslim women in the media and advertising. Together, they’ve created an offering of new, high quality images that authentically represent Muslim women in a fresh and contemporary light.

The partnership seeks to diversify the depiction of Muslim women online and flood the internet with positive imagery to push back against broad misconceptions of the Islamic community. Joining the Getty Images community as a contributor, aims to provide a collection of images that seeks to take back the narrative and raise the profile of the young modern Muslim woman. (more…)

Winner of the 2017 FOCAL International Lifetime Achievement Award announced

FOCAL International press release – London – 7 March, 2017

FOCAL International, the Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, today announced that pioneering producer-director, Serge Viallet, is to receive the FOCAL International Award for Lifetime Achievement, at the fourteenth annual FOCAL International Awards, to be presented on 25th May, 2017.

This Award is a gift of the FOCAL International Executive, as a mark of gratitude for Serge’s dedicated and exhaustive support of the footage archive world through his prodigious body of work.

Historian and archive expert, Jerry Kuehl, comments: “Serge Viallet makes programmes that are scrupulous in their commitment to archival integrity – and eminently watchable.  In the era of ‘post-truth’and ‘alternative facts’ he stands for the finest in our documentary tradition.  He richly deserves this recognition.


Changes at akg-images

akg-images press release – London – 6 March, 2017

akg-images, the rights-managed photo archive specialising in history, fine art and vintage photography, will see a change of directorship at its London office on 15th March 2017.

Current Managing Director Angelika Pirkl, who has been with the company for over eight years, will be leaving akg-images to pursue a career in freelance picture research.

Owner Friedrich Göpel says: “We thank Angelika for her passion and dedication and wish her the best of luck in her freelance endeavours”.

Angelika’s successor – already a familiar face in the industry – has been appointed, and a formal announcement will follow shortly. In the meantime, head over to the akg-images blog to read Angelika’s farewell post.

LSP picture research courses – 25% off 2 day course in March

The LSP picture research course is suitable for those interested in pursuing a career in picture research and picture editing, those in the early stages of their career or those who require refresher training to keep up-to-date with any changes affecting the industry.

The project-based course is highly enjoyable and stimulating, with an emphasis on the practical issues relevant to the industry. The course keeps abreast of new developments, with special attention paid to the impact of digital technology and the role of the Internet.

Starting 30/03/2017
£530 + VAT (25% off for this month’s intake)

LSP are offering all applicants 25% off the full course fee, you just need to use the discount code: “Spring25%sale”

Please note that this promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

You can find out more and book here. (more…)

Eyecatchers from Nature Picture Library

Nature Picture Library has added a lot of fresh content in recent months, and some of their top picks are featured in their latest PDF, ‘Eyecatchers’. Filled with fantastic new images from the natural world, each one is accompanied by the photographers’ stories from behind the lens.

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If you are interested in show-stopping and surprising standalone images, then this PDF is a great place to look for some new ideas!

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Werner Forman Archive – the Maori in the Land of the Long White Cloud

Werner Forman Archive press release – London – 3 February, 2017

Werner Forman Archive has a treasury of New Zealand material, which is available online for downloading.

Journeying to New Zealand was a favourite affair for photographer Werner Forman. Despite nearly losing his life in a bizarre road accident he took many images of the gorgeous land and its cultural artefacts.

Aotearoa – the Land of the Long White Cloud – was settled by Polynesians in around 1250 CE. They soon developed their own unique culture, with a self-image of warriors. Sadly they quickly depleted the unique animals of their new home – like the extinct Giant Moa, many of whose bones were found by archaeologists after having obviously been slaughtered in large numbers. (more…)