Thursday, August 21, 2014
Greetings One and All!
Many of you have no doubt seen the “Monkey Selfie” that’s been going around the internet.
What you may not know is that it’s from one of our photographers, David Slater! There’s been a lot of attention given to this image, mostly because Wikimedia is claiming that there is no copyright and it can be used without any licensing because it was the monkey that took the photo. Please read on and let us know what you think!
We represent many dedicated nature and wildlife photographers who traverse the globe in pursuit of extraordinary images that document our world and the species within it. David is one of them. They schlep their gear all over the planet, sleep in unnatural settings, always looking for that special light just at the right time, often positioned in remote locations, sitting and waiting for the animals to appear, in order to document their behavior in whatever season it is. It’s not a comfortable life and nobody’s getting rich, that’s for sure! Still they do this because they have a passion that cannot be quenched until they’ve taken the risks and gotten the shots.
David Slater is a serious wildlife photographer and he spent considerable time in the field with a local guide tracking the location of this troop of Crested Black Macaque monkeys in the rainforests of Sulawesi, Indonesia. He has shared his story of how this photo came to be and we thought you might enjoy reading about it. Click Here to Read Story
I’m bringing this to your attention for several reasons. Copyright these days is a very serious issue and using someone’s photo without licensing it properly is a detriment to our entire industry. As industry professionals, we need to support a photographer’s copyright of an image and the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) is doing just that, in their response to Wikimedia, who is claiming that the image is available to all in the Public Domain. Click Here to Read iLPC Response.
Lastly, David has partnered with a print/canvas company, Picanova, that is giving away canvas framed prints of the Monkey Selfie. They are donating to the Macaque preservation fund in this Indonesian location for every print they offer. If you want your own print, here’s your chance: Click Here for Press Release with link to free print
That’s it from Seattle. We hope you’ve found this story of interest and would love to hear your take on it!
Danita and Team
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A recent business trip throughout Germany brought us to Hamburg for the annual PICTAday event. We were thrilled that new publishing clients sought us out, knowing that we have content different than what they have available through the German stock agency websites. Having studied German for 11 years, I’m always looking for opportunities to use it. Accompanying me was my son Davis Herbig, a recent UW graduate, who also speaks German, spent time as an exchange student in Hamburg, and studied abroad in Berlin. We met with publishing clients and image partners in Munich, Leipzig, Berlin, and Hamburg. He’s currently working with us and I’ve got him working with our German clients.
So many of us have spent entire careers going through images from around the world and we came up with a kind of game show quiz. In the past, while exhibiting at Visual Connections in both New York and Chicago, we’ve offered prizes for winning our Banner Quiz. We offered it in German at PICTAday and that was interesting! Like many of our American colleagues, the German researchers and editors were equally excited for the challenge. Naturally, we really make it tough but there are always a few editors who truly know their stuff!
Friday, April 6, 2012
Easter time is here, we perused our site looking for what Easter means around the world and came up with quite a few traditional Easter images. From daffodils in Oregon, to Irish chocolate bunnies. The ceremonial procession of Holy Week in Spain to the colorful chicks for sale in Morocco. Guatemalan holiday boasts traditional Semana Santa purple robes with incense burning during the procession of Holy Week. While in Ecuador, ‘Cucuruchos’ during the Good Friday Procession commemorating the death of Jesus Christ, a man carries a cactus crucifix on his back. Wherever you are in the world, have a Happy Easter.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
As educational publishers continue to evolve to e-book formats, it’s important for image providers to pay attention to the evolving licensing needs. In most cases they will be requiring variation on image use within the context of the e-books—especially when you take into account that one can “customize” books with their own preferred images within the book’s offerings, including covers. Here’s an interesting link to a marketing piece on Apple’s new textbook technology.
Thanks to Rob Sheppard for sharing this!
Monday, November 14, 2011
A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to be a Guest Lecturer at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana. What a great program they have going there! It was fun to also review the student’s portfolios and spend some time in this University town. They even had an incredible Ansel Adams exhibit going on at the Museum of Modern Art there—with 130 original prints displayed! The Founder of the RMSP, Neil Chaput de Saintonge, who had studied under Ansel Adams, gave an inspiring lecture to a standing only crowd! Thanks to all the staff who welcomed me and made me feel so comfortable. The link below is an interview I gave after my return:
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I just wanted to share with everyone that one of our images will be on the MTV Music Awards show on Sunday, August 28th. Bing.com is sponsoring the awards this year and this guitar shot by Walter Bibikow will be featured on a static “billboard” as a backdrop somewhere during the broadcast. Award winner’s names will be listed “search bar.” It was originally used as a Bing.com homepage shot (Microsoft).
Very colorful and apropos! Congrats Walter!
See more of our images that were featured on Bing.com in our Bing Gallery.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Earlier this year we traveled to South Africa thanks to a wonderful invitation from one of our image partners, Gallo Images. We went to Africa thinking it’d be mostly business in Johannesburg and Capetown, pebbled with a little safari outside Kruger NP, and some down time in the Cape Winelands. What we experienced was so far above our expectations that it’s hard to put in words how affected we were from the time we had there.
I’ve been reviewing amazing photography from throughout Africa for over thirty years now and it’s always been interesting to hear of our photographer’s adventures and exposures to the culture and wildlife there. What you don’t experience in the photographs, however, are the non-tangible things; the distant roaring of animals, bellowing from the hippos, the calling between the birds, and the wind and sun on your face. Further, the panting of lions laying in the shade of a tree, so gorged on a recent kill that they care barely move, or the smell of the decomposing body of their kill – these are the things that stay with you. We were fortunate to stay at Londolozi’s Tree House, a large private reserve that’s been in the Varty family for a hundred years. They are well regarded as great stewards of the land and have been involved with the elimination of fences between parks and private properties in their area, so that the animals can roam more freely, thus allowing for healthier biodiversity among the species. The extraordinary accommodations were a luxury we hadn’t expected, but one that we embraced in every aspect! The rangers and trackers who drive the Land Rovers are filled with extraordinary knowledge and to be able to get so close to the animals and even follow them as they’re hunting for prey after dark is an experience we’ll never forget!
Our meetings in Johannesburg and Capetown couldn’t have gone better and it was so wonderful to meet our image partners in person! They showed us the true hospitality of the South African people, on the highest level. A highlight was a visit to a local voodoo/shaman shop where we ordered up some special potions and powders for doing good business together! Amazingly, within a few hours we were rewarded with some very good business news! I have seen many fetish shops through the eyes of our photographers and always wanted to visit one myself. All kinds of bones were hanging from the rafters, including dried baboons and other creatures, as well as big glass jars filled with roots, teeth, jaws, flowers and many things that would be hard to identify. What was interesting while we were there is that many local people were coming in with scraps of paper (prescriptions). Our host Herman, who is a Boer and grew up around Zulu tribesmen, was able to ask one Zulu man why he was getting “dried droppings”. “We burn them at night to keep the evil spirits away and it also helps the children sleep well.” Interestingly, the next day I was reading a natural history magazine article about how the natives burn elephant dung to open up the sinuses and help people sleep at night. With my Anthropology background, these are the kinds of experiences that make traveling the world much more interesting to me.
Lastly I just want to say that I think Capetown is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The sweeping mountains along the coastline are dramatic and impressive. Our time in the Cape Winelands was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone. Set in the midst of these majestic views, they are modern as well as traditional with the old Cape Dutch architecture still part of the landscape.
I wanted to share all this with you because I know so many of us look at photographs of Africa all the time. We know that photographers travel at great lengths and expense to get where they’re going,
often with hardships along the way. They spend days, weeks, often months in the bush in order to capture the behavior of the wildlife and ecosystems throughout the many seasons. My firsthand exposure made me understand how special this place is and not only why we need to continue to
support conservation issues in any way we can, but also why it’s important to have extraordinary photography to document and teach the next generation. With ever-increasing budget cuts all around, we need to do all we can to support the need for this kind of photography. We hope you’ll do whatever you can to endorse this position the next time you have a budget meeting. Thanks for listening and if you haven’t been there already, put Africa on your Bucket List!