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Her Art Was Her Photos. She Didn't Take a Single One

'New Yorker' profiles Isabelle Mege, who sought out artists to photograph her

(Newser) - You've likely never heard the name Isabelle Mege unless you're plugged in to select photography circles. But from 1986 to 2008, the French woman was a prolific artist of sorts in the field. Except, as the New Yorker explains, Mege wasn't a photographer herself. She was the... More »

Mom Charged in Tot's Death Ordered Haunting 'Afterlife' Photos

Jeanie Ditty commissioned eerie photos of her with the daughter she's accused of killing

(Newser) - Shortly after 2-year-old Macy Grace Ditty died at a North Carolina hospital in December, her mom asked a photographer to create "afterlife" photos as a way to help her grieve. One image, made with a photo superimposed onto another, shows Jeanie Ditty, 23, strolling through a cemetery hand-in-hand with... More »

Looks Like Casey Anthony Is a Photographer Now

Photography business set up in her name

(Newser) - A photography business has been set up in South Florida under Casey Anthony 's name, and an address listed for the business belongs to a private investigator with ties to the mother acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Documents filed with the Florida Division of Corporations show that... More »

Someone Paid $1M for Photo of a Potato

A great example of why rich people shouldn't get drunk

(Newser) - Some of us send unfortunate texts after a few glasses of wine. Some European businessmen instead spend $1.08 million on a photo of a potato. "Potato #345" from celebrity photographer Kevin Abosch is just that: a portrait of an organic Irish potato against a black background. But a... More »

The Feds Have a Cool Gig for Ansel Adams Wannabes

The pay for this National Park Service photography job sounds decent, too

(Newser) - "Do you want to be Ansel Adams?" That's how the Connecticut Post dresses up what initially sounds like a boring federal job with the National Park Service. The USA Jobs listing for "Photographer, GS-1060-11/12 (1564575)" at first sounds like just another gig toiling for The Man in... More »

Photographer Trying to Unravel Old Photo Mystery

Who took these 'haunting' images and why?

(Newser) - A photographer looking through a box of old photos in a Virginia thrift shop made an unexpected discovery: A set of striking images of two women at the ocean, somewhere. Meagan Abell, 24, then posted them on Facebook and launched a social media campaign— #FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives —to learn everything she... More »

Here's a Business That Really, Really Died

One-hour photo processing fell victim to digital's swift attack

(Newser) - Sure, the digital revolution has brutalized video-rental stores and slashed newsstand numbers in half—but consider the poor one-hour photo shop. Those friendly kiosks and stores have fallen off by a stunning 94% since 1998, the worst decline of all business categories in the US Census. "The photo business... More »

This $6.5M Shot Is Now World's Priciest Photo

To the amazement of critics like Jonathan Jones

(Newser) - Sorry, Andreas Gursky . A private buyer has set "a new benchmark for the value of Peter Lik works" with the purchase of a single photograph—for $6.5 million. "Phantom" is a black-and-white version of the Australian photographer's "Ghost," which for a time sat in... More »

Monkeys, Ghosts Can't Hold Copyright: Regulator

Macaque's selfie can't be registered, US office says

(Newser) - The biggest overhaul of American copyright regulations in decades includes some bad news for a photographer whose camera was snatched by a monkey : Only works created by humans can be copyrighted. The US Copyright Office says photos taken by monkeys count as "unprotected intellectual property," Ars Technica finds.... More »

How US Media Censored a Shocking War Photo

Kenneth Jarecke's photograph, once snubbed, is now famous

(Newser) - Kenneth Jarecke's stunning photo of an Iraqi soldier scorched alive in his truck might have shocked Americans 23 years ago, but we'll never know—because the US media kept it under wraps, the Atlantic reports. On assignment with Time to cover Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Jarecke persuaded... More »

Walmart, Widow in Nasty Suit Over ... Family Photos

Waltons sues photographer's widow for photo negatives

(Newser) - Today in the ugly lawsuit department: Walmart and the Walton family are suing for the rights to photo negatives, some half-a-century old, in what has been classified as "a total David vs. Goliath situation." The story goes like this: Robert Huff—who owned a photography studio in Fayetteville,... More »

Getty: Here Are 35M Free Photos

Firm opens up big chunk of library to social media

(Newser) - Getty Images—acknowledging that people are stealing its photos all the time anyway—has decided to make 35 million images from its vast photo library available free of charge. Bloggers and social media users will be able to use the images with Getty's new embed tool , which links back... More »

AP Bans Photog Who Doctored Syria Pic

He removed colleague's camera from shot

(Newser) - A career ruined with a few clicks: The AP has cut its ties with a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who doctored a photo from Syria to remove a colleague's video camera, Politico reports. Narciso Contreras "cloned" pieces of the background in the shot of a Syrian opposition fighter, violating... More »

AP's Top 10 Photos of 2013

From Boston Marathon to Mandela

(Newser) - AP photo chief Santiago Lyon has picked his top 10 photos of the year, or, more precisely, "10 representative photos from some of the biggest stories of 2013." They range from the Boston Marathon bombings to Nelson Mandela's funeral to the selection of Pope Francis. "The... More »

Take Lots of Photos? You May Remember Less

But zooming in may boost your memory: study

(Newser) - If you're busy snapping photos of an experience, you may not remember it well. So suggests a new study , which compared groups of museum tourists, one with cameras, the other without, the Guardian reports. Scientists found that those who took pictures of "each object as a whole" recalled... More »

What It's Like to Work in the Hottest Place on Earth

AP photographer visits Death Valley during 128-degree heat

(Newser) - Photographer Chris Carlson worked in the hottest place on Earth on Friday: Death Valley in California, where temperatures soared to 128 degrees while he attempted to snap photos. Carlson is no stranger to the area, he writes for the AP , but he still made some rookie mistakes: "I forgot... More »

End of an Era? Sears Portrait Studio Closes

Chain might try to find a new photographer

(Newser) - The digital age might have another victim: Sears has shut down its portrait studio, at least for now, after the photography company that has been snapping family portraits for the chain since 1959 abruptly closed up shop, reports the Wall Street Journal . CPI Corp. also ran studios at Walmart and... More »

Hurricane Sandy in Photos

Some of the storm's most stunning images

(Newser) - One hurricane perk: Some incredible photography, both professional and amateur. Browse the gallery for some of our favorites; the Atlantic Wire has more. More »

Drones' New Mission: Adventure Photography

Civilians using them to capture stunning Pakistan images

(Newser) - The use of drones in Pakistan normally brings to mind images of US spy planes attacking tribal areas. But drones now are being used to capture a different kind of picture in the country—showing some of the world's highest mountains being scaled by world-class climbers through some of... More »

'Morning After' Wedding Pics Add Sexy Touch

Photographer Michelle Jonné calls sexual element 'implied'

(Newser) - Forget the usual shots of couples smiling on the grass and cutting the wedding cake. A new breed of bridal photographer is capturing newlyweds "the morning after" in various states of intimate embrace, the New York Daily News reports. Couples who agree to the shoots are often snapped in... More »

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