This is a guest post by photographer and educator Todd…
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)
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)
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)
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.