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Photojournalist faces death penalty in Egypt for covering anti-government protests

Mahmoud Abou Zeid, a 31-year-old photojournalist also known by the alias Shawkan, is currently facing a death sentence in Cairo. Zeid was arrested while covering anti-government protests for a British photo agency in August 2013.

German publisher Steidl ordered to pay $77k after losing photographer's prints

A German court has ruled that book publisher Steidl must pay photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald $77,000 for losing his print portfolio. Lawrence valued each lost photograph at $1,200.

Capturing a group portrait of the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

"I ended up with two minutes to shoot the group of 11 egos, six of whom were palpably unhelpful," says celebrity photographer Jesse Dittmar, "while a peanut gallery of 40 PR reps, individual hair, make-up, and stylists were trying to get their say."

Terry Richardson banned by major magazine publisher, according to leaked email

Highly controversial photographer Terry Richardson has allegedly been banned from all Conde Nast publications—including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and many others—after being labeled 'the Harvey Weinstein of fashion.'

FotoEvidence and World Press Photo team up for new documentary photography award

World Press Photo has teamed up with FotoEvidence to create a new documentary photography award for 2018. The winner will have their work published in a book and exhibited at the World Press Photo Exhibition.

Dynamic symmetry: The genius of Henri Cartier-Bresson's composition

This two-part video series takes a deep dive into the world of dynamic symmetry and geometric composition, using iconic photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson's brilliant photographs as a guide.

PETA is close to settling that ridiculous monkey selfie lawsuit

A years-long legal battle between PETA and UK photographer David Slater over a famous (and infamous) monkey selfie may finally be coming to a close.

Study finds most people can't spot manipulated photos, can you?

How confident are you that you can spot a manipulated photo? A recent study at the University of Warwick shows that many people are pretty bad at it.

This is the first ever permanent photography exhibition in space

Duggal Visual Solutions teamed with Dubai-based photographer Dr. Hersh Chadha to create the first-ever permanent photography exhibition in space.

Take an entertaining look back at the cameras that came before SD cards

Looks like we're not alone in our love of cameras from the early days of digital: YouTuber The 8-Bit Guy has published a thoroughly entertaining look back at cameras that used floppy disks and other memory media that preceded the humble SD card. See video

Getty Images asks court to throw out $1B lawsuit

Getty Images has responded to the $1 billion lawsuit filed against it by photographer Carol Highsmith, arguing that she can no longer make copyright claims about the photos because they have been entered into the public domain. Read more

It was only a matter of time... new app turns your Instagram into virtual art gallery

Have you ever wanted to see your photographs on the wall of an art gallery? New app Instamuseum converts any Instagram account into a 3D virtual reality experience, placing images from the feed on the walls of a computer-generated gallery space. Read more 

Monkey photo copyright in question as Wikipedia denies photographer's takedown request

Update: A report issued by the US Copyright Office takes Wikimedia's side in a debate between a nature photographer and the organization. According to the report, the 'selfie' captured by a black crested macaque on David Slater's camera cannot by copyrighted since it was created by an animal. On a trip to Indonesia in 2011, Slater, a nature photographer was photographing the monkey when it grabbed his camera and proceeded to take hundreds of pictures of itself. Wikimedia defended a decision to keep the image in its database when Slater cried foul. Read more

Fake Chuck Westfall reveals identity and announces retirement

Chuck Westfall is the unassuming and authoritative head media liaison for Canon, USA. Fake Chuck Westfall is an invented anti-hero and the surly voice behind the Fake Chuck Westfall blog, a site that pokes fun at Canon, Nikon and the photo industry in general. After maintaining secrecy for six years the man behind the account has revealed his identity, announcing that he's moving on from the blog.

NYT photo editor gives career tips for photojournalists

As part of their continuing video series, Photo District News has released an interview with James Estrin, founder of the New York Times 'The Lens' blog. Estrin provides a series of tips for the aspiring photographer. While many of these aren’t groundbreaking, the video has some real gems. Notably, in his advice to photographers looking to document strife or crisis in exotic places, he says to pursue stories that are closer to home. Learn more