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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Is 2019 the Year Photographers Finally Take Back Their Copyrights?

A new court ruling is the first indication that the tides are changing in regards to copyright laws and photography.

We see it time and time again; a company or an individual sees an image online that they like, so they take it and profit from it without consent from the photographer. This scenario plays out over and over again each and every day, but previous laws in the United States of America have made it virtually impossible for an individual to fight for compensation, even if the image was copyrighted. Thanks to the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and a coalition of visual arts groups, a reform is coming that will finally favor photographers and other small creators. Continue reading…

The EU’s New Copyright Laws Should Come to the USA ASAP to Protect Photographers

The new copyright laws that have swept across the European Union will help protect photographers and content makers, but not without controversy.

News coming out of the European Union today is that 19 of the partnering nations have agreed to enact new copyright laws that will bring copyright issues into the 21st century. While the bill had been heavily opposed by many across the pond and beyond, the new laws will hopefully help protect those of us who create images and content from greedy corporations who feel like they can just take as they please. As controversial as this topic has been, there is no doubt that these new copyright laws should become norm in the States as well–especially for the protection of photographers.

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The Friendliest Cities in the World for Street Photography

Westfield from London Street Photography. Image by Nicolas Goodden

Westfield from London Street Photography. Image by Nicholas Goodden

All images in this article are used with permission.

Street photographers experience harassment everywhere in the world for taking pictures and capturing a moment in public. However, everyone loves looking at the images and the art form is highly regarded and even mimicked in modern day advertising. Surely, it’s a great way to not only become a better photographer by shooting such a wide variety of subjects but it’s also great for just capturing beautiful moments as they occur in everyday life.

We’ve done some research and rounded up a list of the best cities in the world for street photography. This isn’t a definitive list by any means, nor is it in any particular order–but if you’re ever traveling to these cities, be sure to carry along your camera.

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