Away day… to Poland

in Current Affairs, Features, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography by thebppa

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 by the Chief of the General

thebppaAway 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 thebppa

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 few exceptions, the term snapper is

thebppaThe 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: The best is rarely the cheapest

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 thebppa

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 clear what editorial or documentary photography

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Commentating on the race to the bottom

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

  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 of our newspapers? To assert that

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The Copyright Fight

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

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 unrelated Bill – namely the ERRB

thebppaThe Copyright Fight
Chris Harris / The Times

The Seating Plan

in The Leveson Inquiry by thebppa

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. The man who was going into

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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 can be a huge difference between

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 in connection to photography at the

thebppaThe BPPA gets its say at The Leveson Inquiry

The BPPA's second submission to the Leveson Inquiry

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

When the Leveson Inquiry first opened we had little or no idea that press photographers would come in for so much criticism and abuse from the witnesses. At the association’s AGM in November we formed a plan to do what we could to counter this and put our side of the story. Shortly afterwards we sent an initial submission in the form of an open letter

thebppaThe BPPA's second submission to the Leveson Inquiry