Reevaluating The Legality Of Photographing Police

As recent news events have shown, photographing in public—even when it involves the police—is an important aspect of our First Amendment freedoms and should be protected at all costs.
By William Sawalich
In most instances, unless a photographer is impeding a police officer's ability to perform his duties, it is legal to photograph police officers in public. Although some people believe, incorrectly, that this isn't in fact the case—or at least that it shouldn't be. In some states, legislators have considered changing…

An Octopus Trained To Take Pictures

Read more, and watch a fun little one-minute video of the Octographer in action, courtesy of the DIY Photography blog.
By William Sawalich
Trainers at the SEA LIFE Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand recently trained an octopus to take pictures. That's right: when visitors approach the tank containing the octopus, the octopus presses a red shutter release button that triggers the camera outside the tank and takes the picture. Presumably the "octographer" was…

Honoring Sports Photographer Rich Clarkson

Mr. Clarkson has certainly made his mark on the sports world, as well as the world of photography, in a way any of us woud be fortunate to approximate.
By William Sawalich
The CBS Morning News did a neat story about photographer Rich Clarkson last week, as he was covering his 60th and final NCAA basketball championship game. Mr. Clarkson is a photographer and photo educator with several decades of experience under his belt, and while he isn't necessarily retiring altogether, the…

Apply For A Photography Grant

Students are ineligible, the entry fee is just $15, and applications are being accepted until May 29th.
By William Sawalich
The Aaron Siskind Foundation, named for 20th century master photographer Aaron Siskind, is currently accepting applications for a limited number of $10,000 grants given to photographers who are working in any genre of photography or photo-based art. Though Siskind was an abstract expressionist, all manner of photography is acceptable, and…

Nick Veasey’s X-Ray Photography

What makes Veasey's x-ray photographs particularly interesting, in my opinion, is the fact that he's able to produce them on a huge scale, radiographing everything from cars and trucks (with occupants) to even a full-size jumbo jet.
By William Sawalich
Recently, while recuperating from a shoulder surgery (for which I had a few x-rays made), I found myself laid up and spending quite a long time watching a series of artists' TED talks. You know TED talks, right? The TED conference and its many offshoots feature 18-minute talks by some…

A Grandmother’s Trove Of Civil War Photographs

President Abraham Lincoln is even said to have had his own stereographic viewer.
By William Sawalich
A grandmother from Houston, Texas has spent the better part of 50 years collecting photographs from the Civil War era, and she's amassed an important archive. Now more than 500 photographs from Robin Stanford's collection have been sold to the Library of Congress in order to fill in gaps in…
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