Away day… to Poland

in Current Affairs, Features, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography by Heathcliff O'Malley

As if often the case in the era of multimedia news gathering I was recently despatched to Poland on a whirlwind visit to shoot stills and video. A British armoured Battlegroup have been taking part in war games with the Polish military entitled “Black Eagle” for several weeks and the press had been invited along to coincide with a visit

Heathcliff O'MalleyAway day… to Poland
Mikael Buck

The one on the left is a snapper…

in Current Affairs, Education, Features, Open letter, Opinion, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Mikael Buck

On the left we have a Snapper, it’s a type of fish, on the right we have a photographer – please learn the difference. Would you like to demean everything I have achieved in my career with one word? Great! Then just call me a snapper – you won’t be the first or the last person to do it. With

Mikael BuckThe one on the left is a snapper…

New from the UKPCA – Passport and Chips

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Opinion, Photojournalism, Press Cards, Press Photography, The BPPA by Andrew Wiard

All change at the UKPCA – the UK Press Card Authority, where the BPPA is one of the card issuing gatekeepers. At today’s meeting they voted nemo contra for two fundamental reforms. The meeting faced two problems. First, Custom Card, who administer the card on behalf of the gatekeepers, had detected two duplicate applications for the card from one individual

Andrew WiardNew from the UKPCA – Passport and Chips

Max Cisotti CEO of Xclusivepix.com writes…

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Open letter, Opinion, Paparazzi, Photography, Press Photography, The Leveson Inquiry by

  In another of our occasional series of guest posts Max Cisotti CEO at Xclusivepix.com. A hugely experienced agent and photographer, he has allowed us to re-post something that he wrote around the time of the Leveson Inquiry about who and what the paparazzi are and about the symbiotic relationship between good photographers and the celebrity industry. I believe that as an

Max Cisotti CEO of Xclusivepix.com writes…

Who has what’s required ?

in Photography by Eddie Mulholland

  Here’s what the late, great Sir David English, who created the modern Daily Mail, had to say about newspaper photographers. (thanks to Dave Parker) ” Press photographers are a strange breed. Moody, enthusiastic, temperamental, excitable, humorous, self-deprecating . They are in many ways the most interesting collection of people to be found on any national newspaper. More interesting frequently

Eddie MulhollandWho has what’s required ?

Commentating on the race to the bottom

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Open letter, Opinion, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Neil Turner

  Yet again The BPPA finds itself responding to a piece by Professor Roy Greenslade on The Guardian’s website. Yet again Professor Greenslade adds his influential voice to the drastically mistaken notion that anyone can take a picture good enough for a newspaper these days. Seriously? Have you looked at some of the utter rubbish that gets used in some

Neil TurnerCommentating on the race to the bottom

The Copyright Fight

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Opinion, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Eddie Mulholland

As the song goes ‘There may be trouble ahead’…except this time there is no ‘maybe’ about it. For those that recall the less-than-wonderful “Clause 43” of Labour’s “Digital Economy Bill” which proposed to legalise the use of Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing – well, despite its defeat it’s back and this time it’s personal. Hidden away in a completely

Eddie MulhollandThe Copyright Fight
Chris Harris / The Times

The Seating Plan

in The Leveson Inquiry by Eddie Mulholland

On Tuesday of this week I was at The Leveson Inquiry. Not outside behind the barriers. Inside the building inside the courtroom, suited and booted and even wearing a tie. More astonishingly, so was The BPPA Chairman Jeff Moore (although he refused to shave). The most important BPPA person was Neil Turner, fellow Vice-Chairman and the man in the spotlight.

Eddie MulhollandThe Seating Plan

The BPPA and The Leveson Inquiry in 34 minutes.

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Opinion, Paparazzi, Press Photography, The BPPA, The Leveson Inquiry by thebppa

Three submissions, a lot of reading and an awful lot of discussion came down to a 34 minute appearance at The Leveson Inquiry today (Tuesday 7th February) afternoon. Was it worth it? Right here, right now the answer has to be a truly resounding ‘YES’. Our case has been outlined before; we wanted to impress on the world that there

thebppaThe BPPA and The Leveson Inquiry in 34 minutes.

The BPPA gets its say at The Leveson Inquiry

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Opinion, Photography, Press Photography, The BPPA, The Leveson Inquiry by thebppa

Here’s a date for your diary: Tuesday the 7th of February. “Why?” I hear you ask, well it is the day when The BPPA will finally get to appear before the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice & ethics of the press. In our main submission to Lord Justice Leveson’s Inquiry we proposed a four-pronged solution to the issues raised

thebppaThe BPPA gets its say at The Leveson Inquiry