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• A man with a blog examines some daguerreotypes of the Cincinnati waterfront from 1848 and, with the help of a reader, unearths one of the first photos of humans — ever. [Boing Boing]
• The British Journal of Photography awarded its International Photography Award to Michelle Sank’s image of a man lying face down in the grass. People were dismayed and confused. One of the judges explains the decision. [BJP]
• Seven years of taking the same shot out his office window, and Andy Kyle finally got the big one — a double rainbow over the River Dart in Dartmouth, Devon. The double rainbow guy would be apoplectic. [Daily Mail]
• Critical Mass announces their Top 50 and the Lucie Awards were given out last night. Cheers to all. [A Photo Editor]
• Cameraman Mike Skiff is suing Sacha Baron Cohen for assaulting him at a Prop 8 rally (in character as “Bruno”) in LA in 2008. He wants $25K to make it all better. [E! News]
Is the difference between a cop being reprimanded for illegal actions a good-quality YouTube video? Well, yeah.
The New York Times uses the cases of two bicyclists who were knocked to the ground by members of the NYPD to illustrate the point. In one video, from 2008, Officer Patrick Pogan was just convicted after video emerged of him deliberately putting his shoulder into the path of cyclist Christopher Long, sending him flying. In the other video, from 2007, the actions of Officer Timothy Horohoe aren’t seen but for a split-second before cyclist Richard Vazquez crashes to the ground. Vazquez sued the NYPD and settled for $98,000 and Horohoe did not face any serious charges.
“Pogan, it’s 15 seconds,” [Vazquez’s lawyer Wylie] Stecklow said. “You see that boom; it’s not hard for anybody to look at that for 15 seconds and think they understand what happened. That’s why I think that took off and became viral. The Horohoe case, there’s a lot of nuance you have to understand.”
So, the takeaway lesson we learn from this is that your rights aren’t really ensured unless you or someone else is able to capture it on tape. And capture it well. It pays to travel with a cinematographer.
Article from New York Times (via Gawker)