running with the seagulls

Publications are no longer the place where photography is consumed, social media is. The so called professional market has become an infinitesimal portion of the marketplace. The big Internet companies have understood it and are waging a take no prisoners battle to control it. They want it all. They want to be the place where photographs Read More →

This is a guest post by Paul Harris :   Dear Mark Zuckerberg,   I hope this note is read by you and all of your tech company friends, who will take note that regarding a photograph, “If you generate revenues on it, around it, relating to it, we want a piece of it.”   I also Read More →

Another brick

The only two things you need to know about Facebook new terms are : – ( already exists) “you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook.” – ( revised) “You give us permission to use your name, and profile picture, content, and Read More →

Light Painting

Organizing the flow of images and extracting value. Finding, in the millions of images being shared daily, those that have a potential to be sold. How do we figure out this riddle ? In a time where everyone is talking about big data and how to make sense and profit from  huge amounts of information, Read More →

Chocolate Ice Cream Temptation

            In our society, if we are not rewarded, or punished, we don’t comply. Honor or respect are not strong enough compensations to be accepted as rewards. Probably because they are not public enough, meaning that, besides the person you respected, no one else will be aware of your good Read More →

Red Umbrella

  I was perusing through photos of the 2013 CEPIC congress who just completed its annual festival in   Barcelona. Like every year, photo merchants from all over the world gathered around tables and four chairs to trade, exchange, redistribute content they mostly did not create, like kids playing with sets of collectable cards. I’ll Read More →

Illustrated front cover from The Queenslander, August 16, 1934

Another shot was fired this week in the killing fields of photography. Just after announcing the purchase for $1 billion of Tumblr, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo declared “ There’s no such thing as Flickr Pro today because [with so many people taking photographs] there’s really no such thing as professional photographers anymore.” This is Read More →

I remember reading, a few years back, about the largest know living organism in the world. Located under the Oregon forest, it is a 2,200 year old fungus whose fruits, or otherwise known as mushrooms, peek out here and there. Probably because of its un appealing nature, fungi are poorly known and it is estimated Read More →

Think Tank

We are on the footsteps of a new photography landscape that is or will be affecting everyone who intends to draw substantial revenue operating a camera. While we can see and feel the changes, how to adapt is not clear. Mostly because we are trying to apply or adapt old models to new rules and Read More →

About a week ago, Eric Schmidt of Google jumped into a plane to Paris in order to catch Francois Hollande, the French President, himself about to leave for war-torn Mali, for a quick signature photo op. They both happily signed the bottom of a document and departed their own ways. Above both men’s signature is Read More →