Kacper Zapałowski Documents the Real People of Poland’s Protests

All images by Kacper Zapałowski. Used with permission.

“For me, it symbolizes something powerful, firm, and sudden…” says Kacper Zapalowski about his work during the current Polish protests around heavily restricting abortion laws. “Currently, they are one of the biggest protests in Poland to date. Over 100,000 people went to the capital city of Warsaw just yesterday, with many more in the rest of Poland.” There is something about Kacper’s images that really resonate with me. Maybe it’s the intensity in the peoples’ eyes. Though it could also be the way he framed them in a large protest. Shooting portraits the way Kacper did is pretty difficult. But Kacper finds a way to make us pay attention to the chaos. Singling out individuals is incredibly important. And seeing the faces of the people that protests affect can really impact our minds.

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Polaroid is Demanding that Fujifilm Pay Up on Rights for Instant Film

Fujifilm and Polaroid are butting heads on the Instant film front

It was only a matter of time until Fujifilm and Polaroid were going to duke it out on the legal battlefront; and apparently that’s what may be happening right now. According to a recent report, Fujifilm has asked a US district court to clear it of any wrongdoing after it was allegedly threatened with trademark litigation by Polaroid in regards to borders around photographs.

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How to Light a Basketball Court For the Big Game

Editor’s note, we contacted Patrick to ask for permission to share an image or two. We will update if he responds.

If you know anything about lighting, you’re probably every aware that some of the photos you see in sports are very well lit–especially with basketball. Ever wonder how that’s done? Well photographer Patrick Murphy-Racey created a video on just how: and trust us, it isn’t simple. In fact, it’s quite a production and he shows off that it requires a photographer to get there very early ahead of the game to set up. In fact, Patrick says that you should go the day before if possible.

In the video after the jump, he shows you how to safely install a 4- head Dynalite Arena System into a large, NBA sized arena. The packs used in this video are the AP1600 and they’re used with AH4000 heads, AR0040 reflectors and Avenger clamps. The sync is setup and secured so that all the lights will fire at once.

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Nikon Sued Sakar for Infringement Regarding the iM1836 Android Camera

Polaroid iM1836

Around CES 2013, journalists thought something was a bit fishy when we saw Polaroid’s iM1836 camera. It looked strikingly like a Nikon 1 series camera but was different in that the sensor was built into the lens unit. Additionally, it was supposed to run on an Android operating system.

However, Nikon wasn’t too thrilled about this and is now suing Sakar (the company currently responsible for working with the Polaroid name) for copyright infringement involving the design of the camera. The lawsuit is trying to block both the production and sale of the product.

Apparently, the companies tried settling the issue out of court but Nikon wasn’t happy with the outcome.  Given how many patents Nikon has to their name, they could easily win this case. To that end too, Sakar/Polaroid are notorious for announcing loads of products that never see the light of day.

Via DPReview


French Court Mandates Removal of Yan Morvan’s Latest Photobook on Gang Life

Courtesy of Yan Morvan. Blurring for legal reasons courtesy of BJP.

Courtesy of Yan Morvan. Blurring for legal reasons courtesy of BJP.

Yan Morvan is a storied photographer with tales from the darkest corners of French society. Having photographed French gang life for nearly forty years, Morvan’s lens has seen things most wouldn’t be able to even under the most exceptional circumstances. An interesting piece of French law, however, has brought “Gangs Story”, Morvan’s latest book, under fire. Petit Mathieu, one of the gang members featured in Gangs Story, sued Morvan over his portrait and won the case. The right to control your own image trumped Morvan’s work as a photographer. Continue reading…

Olympus Managers Facing Jail Time for Account Frauds

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According to a report today, the heads of Olympus are going to be singing Jail House Rock soon. Olympus’s former head, Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, is facing five years in prison due to manipulating account balances and we should expect a final hearing within a couple of weeks. He has already pleaded guilty to the crimes.

Kikukawa won’t be alone in prison though–other managers also pleaded guilty but they won’t be getting as harsh a sentence.

To recap, former Olympus CEO Michael Woodford did some internal whistle blowing when he found out that the company covered up losses of $1.7 billion and took it to higher powers outside of the company’s control. And like that, it spiraled into a whirlwind. However, there were already hints of it as even Leica was reporting gains while Olympus wasn’t. Quite obviously, Woodford and Olympus butted heads for a while as well. But in a gentlemen’s play, Sony came partially to the rescue of Olympus with a 10% investment.

Via NZZ.ch

Translation provided by Felix Esser