Two big news items from Getty Images this week surrounding Visa pour l’Image festival – a revealing interview with CEO and Co-Founder Jonathan Klein, as well as the winner of this year’s Getty Images Grant for editorial photography. We’re also calling attention to a handful of series, including a commercial shoot all done using Instagram, mystic portraits of Icelandic identical twins, and flags recreated using national foods.
Interview with Getty Images’ CEO Jonathan Klein
Olivier Laurent from British Journal of Photography caught up with Jonathan Klein, CEO and Co-Founder of Getty Images at Visa pour l”Image – the world’s largest photojournalism and press festival. In the interview Klein discusses his company’s role in falling prices, the future of the photography industry, and the need for new economic models.
“At the end of the day, we monetize intellectual property on behalf of the creators of that property to all markets – and we do it better than anybody else in the history of this industry,” Klein boldly states. “We were there when digital came, we didn’t bring it…But the fact that magazines aren’t paying the same then they used to, the fact that their sales on newsstands have collapsed, the fact that their ad revenues have collapsed, that has nothing to do with us.”
In the next 3-5 years, Klein says that he envisions a new licensing model where photographers will be paid if the client generates money from whatever ad/article/post/etc. featured their work. (via BJP)
Getty Images announces winners of photo grants
In more Getty news, the stock giant announced the winner of the Getty Images Grant for editorial photography at Visa pour l’Image festival. This years winner, the great Eugene Richards, is receiving the grant for the second time in his career. The grant ($10,000) will allow him to expand his project, “War Is Personal,” about Iraq war veterans returning to the United States. (via Lens Blog)
APA announces new National Executive Director
American Photographic Artists (APA) announced their new National Executive Director this week, Juliette Wolf-Robin. Wolf-Robin is a well-respected industry veteran who has worked with photographers for over 20 years, perhaps most known for her role in launching FoundFolios. “I step into the role of national executive director of APA with a sense of urgency that we must provide members with knowledge and tools needed to succeed, while providing actionable guidelines to protect ones rights and future earning potential,” she says of her new position. (via The Business Review)
Mystic portraits of identical Icelandic twins
Japanese photographer Ariko Inaoka has been capturing portraits of Icelandic twins Erna and Hrefna for the last four years, and describes them as having a very powerful connection. “They say to me, ‘We dream the same dreams sometimes.’” reports Inaoka. The soft lighting and traditionally awkward posing makes for a mystical series. (via Feature Shoot)
Fine art & adventure photographer Scott Rinckenberger to take over @photoshelter
We’re pumped to have PhotoShelter member and fine art and adventure photographer Scott Rinckenberger post on the @photoshelter Instagram account starting next week. Head over to his handle – @scottrinck for a preview of all the killer images to come.
Commercial photographer Justin Mott questions Instagram as a professional platform
Commercial photographer Justin Mott pitched an interesting project to his client, Intercontinental Hotels – forget all the gear and spend one day at one of their resorts in Vietnam capturing images with only his phone and use Instagram to “edit”. “The project made me lighter and simplified and my mind could focus on making thoughtful images rather than worrying about the safety of my equipment, where to place lights, is my assistant tipping over from the Batpac, etc,” says Justin. “I see an emerging market for this type of work and I now offer it to all my clients as an optional add-on service to my commercial and editorial photography.”
Ad agency commissions photographer to re-create flags using food
To promote the Sydney International Food Festival, Australian ad agency WHYBIN/TBWA commissioned photographer Natalie Boog to take photos of flags recreated using food. Can you guess the ingredients? (via Visual News)