Happy Hour: Looking Back at Bill Eppridge’s Work & Adobe Gets Hacked

Happy Hour: Looking Back at Bill Eppridge’s Work & Adobe Gets Hacked

This week we look into the Adobe hack, take a moment to remember Bill Eppridge, and hear some positive news from World Press Photo.

Adobe Gets Hacked

Yesterday Adobe made a public statement claiming that the subscription base for their services Acrobat, ColdFusion, and ColdFusion Builder, has been under “cyber attack.” According to Adobe, the attackers accessed customer IDs and encrypted passwords on their systems. Although the credit card numbers accessed by the attackers were encrypted, all Adobe customers that were effected by the hack (a whopping 2.9 million people) have been notified and given advice on how to protect themselves incase those number do become unencrypted. As PopPhoto advises: “You should probably change your Adobe account password. Like, now.” (Find out more from Adobe’s public statement)

Adobe logo

Adobe logo

Legendary Photojournalist Bill Eppridge Passes at 75

This week the photo community lost a true talent when photojournalist Bill Eppridge passed from a blood infection on Thursday, Oct. 3rd. Considered a historian by himself and his colleagues, Eppridge was a staff photographer for Life magazine, documenting the biggest events of the 1960’s and early 70’s. When Eppridge captured perhaps his most famous image of the assassinated Senator Robert F. Kennedy, he truly understood the weight of the image and the effects it had on him personally. In a NPR interview Eppridge is quoted saying: “I just turned to my left and there was the senator lying there and at that point my profession changed. I became a historian.”  Take a look through all of Eppridge’s Life work here. (via The Lens Blog)

Photo by Bill Eppridge

Photo by Bill Eppridge

World Press Photo Changes Its Rules

The post production on Paul Hansen’s winning image for the World Press Photo Contest was a hot topic this year, even we questioned it. WPP was forced to hire 2 forensic investigators for an unbiased analysis of Hansen’s work, an image which arguably looked like a movie poster. While the investigators found only global and local color and tone changes, the controversy lead to a larger conversation about the ethics of photojournalists heavily editing their work.

This year, World Press Photo isn’t taking any chances. “We have evaluated the contest rules and protocols and examined how to create more transparency, and we have changed the procedures for examining the files during the judging,” says World Press Photo’s managing director, Michiel Munneke. More details will be announced of exactly how they will be changing the procedure later this year. (via BJP)

World Press Photo of the Year 2012. Photo by Paul Hansen.

World Press Photo of the Year 2012. Photo by Paul Hansen.

PhotoShelter Member Jacques-Jean Tiziou Says Everyone is Photogenic

In his latest endeavor, portrait photographer  Jacques-Jean Tiziou raises the important question: What does it mean when society tells us that we’re “not photogenic”? With his Kickstarter, Jacques-Jean hopes to raise enough funds to photograph 1,000 people, bringing various people from communities into “the same light.” Learn more and donate today.

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  1. Shane Srogi at 5:07 pm

    Welcome Sarah to the Happy Hour blog!

    I had the opportunity to meet Bill Eppridge last year when he won the Photo Mentor award at Fotofusion. He was very kind and personable. What struck me was that he was taking pictures during his own gallery opening….that’s how much being a Photographer was in his blood.
    Two things will always stay with me, the power of his images and the story he told leading up to the tragic events of RFKs death. The emotion in his voice as he told the story was moving. You could tell that he had been profoundly effected by what happened that day.
    Bill Eppridge was one of the true greats.

    -Shane

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