Would you volunteer 100 plus hours of your photographic services? According to Colorado-based photographer David Hayden, it might be worth considering. You often see photographers in online forums being shot down in flames whenever anyone mentions working for free, for some reason, it’s a topic that never fails to raise hackles. But David told DIYP about how an unpaid photography gig has reaped multiple rewards and turned out far better than he ever imagined.
When the pandemic began, we moved our lives online more than ever before. Even art exhibitions have taken place online for the past two years, and perhaps you’re considering throwing one of your own. Well, Galeryst makes it quite simple. It’s a Lightroom that adds your images to a 3D virtual gallery, and it’s completely free to use.
I told you before about Christopher Larson and his series of collaborative virtual exhibitions. I recently became a part of it, collaborating with Chris on a set of photos for April 2021. I’d taken a long break from photography before that, and it was tough to start. But once I did – I couldn’t stop. The whole experience was beneficial for me, both as a photographer and as a social human being. And in this article, I’d like to tell you about two things. First, about how Chris and I prepared this exhibition, and second, how collaborating with other people can help you if you’re stuck in a creative rut.
The pandemic has made us come up with alternative ways to visit exhibitions and showcase our own work. Photographer Christopher Larson has started a fantastic initiative that will bring back creativity and joy to photographers in these challenging times. He has started a series of virtual exhibitions where you view other photographers’ work, connect with them, but exhibit your own photos as well. We’ve chatted with Christopher about the project a bit, and he told us how you can view the exhibitions, but also how you can join them.
In the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv, local politicians are seeking to cancel a photography exhibition because if features LGBT themes. The exhibition, titled Balkan Pride, is due to open in July. However, some politicians claim that they are ready to use both legal and illegal means to prevent it from being opened.
Virtual reality and photography have been merged in interesting ways before. But artist Mat Collishaw has decided to combine them with history and recreate the world’s first major photography exhibition. He uses VR technology to recreate William Henry Fox Talbot’s exhibition from 1839. This allows visitors not only to experience the sights, but also sensations and sounds which followed the original exhibition from 1839.
Unfortunately, we live in the world where scams take plenty of forms and target different kinds of people. Photographer Mathieu Stern has recently received an email which, according to him, turned out to be a scam targeting photographers. It comes from a vanity gallery in London, and it’s aimed at taking money from photographers who’d like to get their works exhibited.
I assume most of us will have a hard time forgetting Richard Prince making a fortune from selling other people’s Instagram screenshots. Photographer Donald Graham decided to file a lawsuit when Prince ripped off his image without permission. Despite Prince’s attempts to get the court throw out the lawsuit – the case goes on.
Last week, a federal judge in New York officially refused to dismiss the charges against Prince. According to the New York Times, this case could set an example of how the fair-use rules relate to Instagram, and it was about time.
The biggest aspect that many photographers struggle with is getting their work seen. Whether it’s on social media or by potential clients and customers. It’s just tough. There’s so much competition out there. In the real world, a great way to get your work seen and become known is to exhibit your work in a gallery. But this is also not always so easy.
It’s not impossible, though, and there are a number of things you can do to help yourself. This video from photographer Jordan Matter goes through some of them, and provides 10 great tips to help you get your work in a gallery.
It’s not that rare that people destroy or damage something because they’re too submerged in taking a selfie. The latest case took place in the group exhibition by artist Simon Birch, at 14th Factory in Los Angeles.
A woman crouched down in front of one of the pedestals trying to take a selfie. She knocked it over, and it caused a domino effect that’s painful to watch. All the pedestals in the row fell down, and some of the art pieces got broken. $200,000 worth of art pieces.