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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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

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...

AP&#39;s Top 10 Photos of 2013
 AP's Top 10 Photos of 2013 

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...

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...

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...

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...

Hurricane Sandy in Photos

 Sandy in 

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.

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...

'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...

Facebook&#39;s Instagram Deal Will Be a &#39;Bust&#39;
Facebook's Instagram Deal 
Will Be a 'Bust'

Facebook's Instagram Deal Will Be a 'Bust'

Zuckerberg may have been too hasty: Forbes' Chunka Mui

(Newser) - Facebook's billion-dollar purchase of Instagram has generally been met with praise in the tech world, an example of how Mark Zuckerberg can strike decisively to shore up a weakness. Chunka Mui at Forbes has a different view: "We'll look back on the acquisition as a bust—much...

The 13 Most Worthless Majors

Want a job? Avoid fine art, according to 'Daily Beast' list

(Newser) - Hey, college students: If your life plans include getting an actual job, you may want to avoid the stars of the Daily Beast 's "most useless" majors list. Majors are ranked in terms of employment, taking into account unemployment rates among recent and experienced grads, earnings, and likely...

Why You Need to Take a Photo on May 15

Project aims to capture a day in the life of the world

(Newser) - Want to be in the same company as a Swedish pop singer, an anti-apartheid icon, a former Irish president, and thousands of people around the world? Then pick up your camera on May 15 and help capture a day in the life of the planet. The project— —...

Shoot First, Focus Later: Camera Is &#39;Game-Changer&#39;
Shoot First, Focus Later: Camera Is 'Game-Changer'
tech reviews

Shoot First, Focus Later: Camera Is 'Game-Changer'

Lytro reviewers impressed, but you might not want to buy it yet

(Newser) - The company behind the Lytro camera calls its technology "the first major change in photography since photography was invented," and reviewers seem to agree. By analyzing and storing all the points of light in any given photo, the Lytro allows users to refocus the subject, or focus on...

Photographer Lillian Bassman Dead at 94

Renowned art director experienced revival in 1990s

(Newser) - Lillian Bassman, who shot to fame as a self-taught photographer and the daring art director of a Harper's Bazaar spin-off, died yesterday at 94 in her Manhattan home. Bassman, born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, studied fabric design and fashion illustration, and became a protégé of...

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