Two mountaineers faked a Mount Everest climb and submitted a photoshopped image to “prove” they did it. But instead of winning an award, the scam earned them a 10-year ban from climbing any Nepalese mountain.
Earlier this month, a tragedy occurred while two people were trying to take a selfie in India. A man was posing near the Ib river’s rapids when he lost his balance and accidentally pushed a woman into the river, sending her straight to her death.
We’ve heard of photographers turning vehicles, bedrooms, and even skyscrapers into cameras. Well, photographer Ravi Hongal took things to a whole new level. This India-based photographer built an entire camera-shaped house to live in with his family. And while we’re at family, his passion for photography even had him to name his sons Canon, Nikon and Epson.
A newly married woman and three of her family have drowned in a reservoir in India while trying to take a selfie, police in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have said. The BBC reports that a group of six, aged 14-25, held hands and stood waist-deep in the water near Pambar dam when one of them lost their footing and slipped, pulling the others in.
The husband, G Perumalsamy, 25, managed to save his 15-year-old sister, however his wife, V Nivedha, 20, alongside three of her family members aged 14, 20 and 22 did not make it.
A walk on the trash mountains
My eyes are filled with tears, because of the smoke. The plastic-particles in the air are itching in my lungs. I am climbing this mountain with my two friends. The ground under my shoes feels funny. It softly cushions my steps, like fresh and loose soil, but I also tangle my feet every now and then. It is an awkward mass, this mountain of pressed trash. It consists of very different material and yet is an entity. A mountain of poison. Not only for the body, but also for the soul. And everywhere pigs! I think I have never seen so many pigs walking freely in the wild. Is that appropriate husbandry? I somehow start to understand, why some religions do resist to eat pork. If, by eating pigs, I eat what pigs ate, then abandoning might be a better choice.
A young woman from India recently had a close encounter with a tiger, which she succeeded in fighting off with a stick. The story is impressive as it is, but what’s even more impressive is what she did right after the fight. With her face covered in blood, she took out her phone and–no, she didn’t call a doctor–she took a selfie.
In 2016, Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod, police officers from India, said that they were the country’s first couple to successfully reach the 29,035ft Everest summit. They even had the photos to confirm the claim. But shortly after, it turned out the photos were doctored, and the couple faced a police investigation.
On Monday, the police in Maharashtra confirmed that the couple had “morphed photographs,” and as a result – they were both fired from work.
Have you already been to India and photographed Taj Mahal and other famous monuments? If you haven’t, from now on you may need a license to do it. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is changing their photography policy, and they will soon require photographers to be licensed if they want to operate commercially in India’s protected monuments.
Unlike the Swiss village that banned photography, this isn’t a PR trick. The reason for this move by ASI is to prevent freelance photographers from “pestering” the visitors who want to take photos.
Imitation can be a form of learning, and using other people’s photos to create something new is perfectly fine. But when one awarded photographer takes the work of the other, photoshops it in their own “documentary” photo, it’s wrong on so many levels.
Award-winning photographer Souvid Datta has been accused of stealing work from another renowned photographer, Mary Ellen Mark. And the evidence is more than evident. He took a woman from Mark’s image and badly photoshopped it in one of his own photos. After the scandal broke, Datta was silent for a while, but finally admitted that he really did clone a woman from Mark’s photo into his own work. What’s more, he admitted that some of his other work contains elements of stitching and cloning as well.
As the Maharaja of Jaipur, Ram Singh II was famous for many things. It was during his reign that slavery, infanticide and other cruel customs were abolished. He was, however, also known for being a rather avid photographer.
He could see the value of photography years before many people had even heard of it. In this collection of glass negatives, shot between 1857 and 1865, we get unique insight into the people he spent his days with. It’s a fascinating look at the fashions of the day, and some rather magnificent facial hair.