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…
Alan Davidson/The Picture Library Ltd

Insurance and what to look for

in Current Affairs, Education, Features, Photography, Press Photography by thebppa

  Let’s start off by stating the obvious – professional photographers tend to own a lot of expensive gear. Most photographers have insurance for that expensive gear and one of the most common queries that you’ll see on discussion forums frequented by those professionals is about which insurer is the best/cheapest. Insurance is proof of two of life’s most enduring truths:

thebppaInsurance and what to look for
Phil Clarke-Hill

Mentoring young photographers

in Current Affairs, Education, Ethics, Features, Journalism, Love, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Stuart Freedman

It goes without saying that the business is now unrecognisable from the one that I entered in the early 1990s. Then, the structure was relatively linear and there was a clear defining path to an editorial career. Now, every photographer has to be a brand and use social media to shout their wares and tout their abilities. It isn’t even

Stuart FreedmanMentoring young photographers

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…

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