Pyongyang at night (February 25-26, 2014)
Photos by Vincent Yu/AP
The W. Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography is now accepting entries. The grant will be awarded to the photographer whose work ‘follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion.’ More info at SmithFund.org
Images: 1) Juba, Sudan January 2011.Severely mentally disabled men and women are shackled and locked away in Juba Central Prison for years on end. The new nation of South Sudan faces a tremendous challenge to build a modern country capable of caring for all of its citizens. 2) Abdi Rahman Shukri Ali, 26, has lived in a locked tin shack for two years. He stays with his family in Dadaab in Eastern Kenya, the world’s largest refugee camp. Photos by Robin Hammond/Panos, 2013 Winner
Getty Images is dropping the watermark for the bulk of its collection, in exchange for an open-embed program that will let users drop in any image they want, as long as the service gets to append a footer at the bottom of the picture with a credit and link to the licensing page. For a small-scale WordPress blog with no photo budget, this looks an awful lot like free stock imagery.
Implications abound but this one is particularly interesting:
The biggest effect might be on the nature of the web itself. Embeds from Twitter and YouTube are already a crucial part of the modern web, but they’ve also enabled a more advanced kind of link rot, as deleted tweets and videos leave holes in old blog posts. If the new embeds take off, becoming a standard for low-rent WordPress blogs, they’ll extend that webby decay to the images themselves. On an embed-powered web, a change in contracts could leave millions of posts with no lead image, or completely erase a post like this one.