In a Mother Jones piece, Ramenda Cyrus analyzes A1 coverage of last year’s George Floyd protests and contends that the media is still relying on old tropes to represent Black Americans. In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Allen and Sarah take a look at her arguments and the supporting voices of author Martin Berger and “Reading the Pictures” publisher Michael Shaw.
Leica joins the club and drops “Master” and “Slave” terminology
After the killing of George Floyd on 25 May, Black Lives Matter protests have been arising all over the world. Some camera companies have given their contribution by dropping “master” and “slave” terms from their flash systems, and Leica is the latest one to join the club.
Fuji catches up to Nikon and Canon and drops “master” and “slave” terminology
In the light of recent Black Lives Matter protests, it has come to light that Nikon and Canon dropped the “master/slave” terminology. It happened way before the recent events though, but Fujifilm is the first company to follow their example. The company has confirmed that, from now on, “master” and “slave” will not be used in their products any longer.
Nikon dropped “master” and “slave” before it was cool, about twenty years ago
During the recent Black Lives Matter protests, the terms “master” and “slave” seem to have suddenly become problematic. After Canon, we now find out that Nikon has changed the terminology in its products as well. Only it was actually long before Canon did it – way back in the early 2000s.
Canon has dropped “Master” and “Slave” terminology from its flash system
In the light of recent Black Lives Matter protests, some photographers pointed out that camera companies should drop the “master” and “slave” terms. And Canon officially did so. When using this manufacturer’s flash system, don’t be surprised if you find different terminology.
Photographer shot dead in Jefferson Square Park protests
On Saturday 27 June, a man opened fire in during protests in Jefferson Square Park in Louisville killing one man. The victim was now identified as Tyler Gerth, who was a 27-year-old photographer covering the protests.
B&H employee “removed” after publicly opposing “Black Lives Matter” movement
An employee at B&H Photo’s Human Resources department recently shared posts on social media that openly opposed the Black Lives Matter movement. A day later, he was “removed from his position,” according to B&H.
Photographer sparks outrage after allegedly using “Black Lives Matter” movement for self-promotion
Photographer Alex Stemplewski has got under fire before, when he interrupted a photo shoot so he could take photos. But his latest project sparked quite an outrage among photographers: he was accused of exploiting Black Lives Matter movement for self-promotion.
Instagram blocks some #BlackLivesMatter posts; blames it on its anti-spam system
Instagram’s anti-spam system is programmed to recognize and prevent repeating activity that quickly grows on the platform. However, it looks like it has been working too zealously since some users have reported that they were unable to share posts with #BlackLivesMatter hashtag. Instead of sharing the post, they would get an “action blocked” message from Instagram.
An open letter to white photographers covering Black Lives Matter protests
I am from Minneapolis. This is in regards to posting photos of protesters and to be mindful + protect them!
As a photographer, I believe it is my responsibility to document this movement, this turning point in history. We are living through the continuation of the civil rights struggle. I believe anyone who considers themself an ally has a duty to contribute to this righteous cause in whatever manner they have the ability to. This is mine.
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