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Asian community galvanized, $69 Million for NFT’s, the status of women in conservation photography

April 8th, 2021

Welcome the latest issue of Snapshots, where we recap news and highlights from the photography community.

Photos from the front lines of the galvanized Asian community

Yunghi Kim is a world renowned photojournalist who has covered global events from Occupy Wallstreet and Black Lives Matter movements, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her work covering the famine in Somalia was recognized as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. 

As an immigrant from Korea in 1972, she had no idea the impact of going to the protests for the murders in Atlanta. In her words, she had not seen the Asian community galvanized to action previously. 

Her moving images bring home the emotional outpouring to stop white supremacist terrorism.

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A Nonfungible token ( NFT) for a photography work sold for $69 million at auction

It’s probably too soon to say the photography industry and their customers are ready to adopt the sale of NFT’s or nonfungible tokens, but it’s moving quickly. 

From tweets to photos and videos, the NFT market is on fire. Way back (July of 2020 which in pandemic terms is *ages* ago), William Shatner sold 125,000 NFT’s at auction. They sold out at…warp speed. (Honestly, that has to be said every single time). 

More recently, the NFT for Beeple’s (known to his parents as Mike Winkelmann) art work of a JPG file representing his Instagram work from 2007 sold at auction at Christie’s for $69 million dollars. Stories like this are both for the famous names, but also things you can learn about now to get ready for the future. 

To learn more about the sale of the Beeple work, this is a link to the New York TImes article.

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The research about women in elite environmental photography networks.

March was Women’s History Month, and the Wiley Library researchers released a study on the impact of women in elite environmental conservation photographer networks. As context, Zenfolio did a study of photographers in 2019. At that time over 70% of photographers ages 24-40 were women. While women make up a large part of the working industry, these reports highlight the imbalance in what they call ‘elite’ levels.

The goal of the study was to “assess whether there is evidence of the historical legacy of female exclusion in contemporary elite conservation photography networks.” In summary, they state, there is “evidence to support the notion that the historical exclusion of women from the production of visual conservation narratives has had a lasting impact on the network of conservation image producers, which may influence the way conservation is depicted to the general public.” Surprising no one at all.

The full article requires a payment but if the summary is enough, you’ll appreciate their perspective. Time to help change things.

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