It’s Enough To Make a Photographer GAGA!

We’ve seen major advertising campaigns employ mediocre or even amateur photography. Such sourcing obviously affects the bottom line of professional photographers who pursue such prestigious clients and their lucrative accounts. Now comes news that Shiseido cosmetics has opted to employ images shot by a celebrity with a cell phone rather than those created by a professional […]

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Photos Are Forever, If You Have the Paperwork

A long retired successful photographer called Ed the other day for some advice. He/she has been out of touch with the business (by choice) and enjoys life pretty much doing nothing. Out of the blue photographer gets a phone call from Giant Ad Age Agency, “Hey remember that super ad campaign you did for (Major […]

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Wolves In and Out of the Hen House

The press coverage of the accusations made against Bill Cosby and several other “sex in the news” stories, have resulted in our receiving some inquiries about certain people in the industry who just don’t get the attention they deserve – sexual predators. Regardless of gender, the sexual predators we refer to engage in activities ranging from harassment, intimidation, assault and worse.  The unauthorized creation and/or distribution […]

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A Salute to Our Photo Heroes

During this holiday season, we want everyone to remember those who work with cameras to keep us informed of what happens around the world. Democracy only works with an educated and informed population, which is why freedom of the press is one of our most important and cherished freedoms and rights. Whether professional photojournalists who […]

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What’s It Worth?

One of the first questions creatives ask (to themselves or others) when their work is infringed, is, “How much is this worth?” or “What can I get out of this”?  Logical questions to ask. One of the worst things you can do is ask your “friends” online. If you want a boatload of bad information […]

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You Gonna Believe Your Eyes and Ears or Your Nose?

The great writer Mario Puzo wrote about the underworld of gangsters and in his seminal book,  “The Godfather” , summed up the world lawyers live in quite eloquently with the line: “We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.” It’s amazing what can […]

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Ed’s Case in the NY Post

Ed is mentioned in the NY Post today about one of his cases. Can’t talk about it because it’s a pending case. But still interesting. http://nypost.com/2014/11/26/suit-in-the-citi-after-bank-shortchanges-model-for-ad-gig/ Like this:Like Loading…

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Assumptions Are The Termites of Relationships

Incidents of agents stealing from their artists are about as commonplace as sunrises. The techniques used by sales reps, agents and gallery owners to steal monies due photographers and illustrators typically fall into one of a few select categories listed below. If an artist never assumes and uses the phrase “trust implicitly” in business relationships, […]

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Please Release Me, But Not My Photos

“I like my relationships like I like my eggs. Over easy.” — Jarod Kintz, It Occurred to Me Well, we find relationships more likely to end up scrambled. The cliché is “50% of all marriages end in divorce”. If that stat is accurate then we guess that nearly twice as many “personal relationships” break up […]

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The Tyranny of Numbers

We wish we thought of this title, but it’s the title of a book by David Boyle, and the title explains it all. It’s also a perfect title for this blog piece. (Lucky for us, titles are not copyrightable, but that’s for another blog piece). Numbers can be used in so many ways and for […]

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