"Does this sort of thing happen to anyone else?" As a coda to the "Most Tourists Take Pictures from the Same Spot" post, consider Justin Watt's improbable encounter. During a visit to Siem Reap, in a visitor's guide, he chanced upon a photo he himself had taken on his second visit to Cambodia eight years earlier.
Sometimes it really is your photo, not just another one like it. Here's the whole story.
Mass destruction: This next update is an incredibly sad one. Hard on the heels of the "Survivability" discussion comes word of the photographic equivalent of a massacre. It's been revealed that Corbis intends to destroy some 12 million archive photographs and negatives from the holdings of the legendary French news agency Sygma. This includes original archives of many photographers who are still alive. Corbis—or, more specifically, the court-appointed administrator of the recently bankrupt Corbis Sygma—say they would be happy to return the work to its creators but don't have the resources to locate and notify them all.
If you know anyone who has work held by Corbis Sygma, it's urgent that you let them know.
More news from the Land of the Free: Finally, in Florida, an absolute nincompoop of a capitalist-fascist tool, "Republican" State Senator Jim Norman, who from the sound of things might have been dropped on his head as a baby, has proposed a bill that would make it illegal to take pictures of...farmland. Florida Senate Bill 1246 would prohibit taking pictures of land "cultivated for the purpose of agricultural production, the raising and breeding of domestic animals or the storage of a commodity" without written permission from the owner. The motive? To prevent activists from making videotape exposés of the cruel and inhumane treatment of farm animals.
(Thanks to Justin Watt, Mike Rainwater, and Fred Jones)
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