News Recap: March 24, 2017

A weekly recap of art world news.

Surveillance frames from Midwest Photo

Surveillance frames from Midwest Photo

Burglars Steal Hundreds of Cameras from Midwest Photo
A carefully orchestrated robbery of the Columbus, Ohio camera store Midwest Photo was resulted in theft of hundreds of cameras. Police believe that the burglars sawed open the store’s roof and ceiling, slid down a pole, and entered the storage area. The robbery appears to have been carried out by experienced thieves, as hundreds of cameras, lenses, and photo accessories were stolen in the late night hours.
Read the full story (PetaPixel)

Magnum Foundation Announces Grant Winners
The Magnum Foundation recently launched the Magnum Foundation Fund, a program to replace the Emergency Fund program, established in 2008. The grant’s purpose is to support image-makers who are pushing to “expand the parameters of documentary photography.” The fund is $80,000 in total and the ten grant recipients from nine different countries will each receive a sum of money to fund their proposed projects.
Read the full story (TIME)

United States and Britain Ban Carry-On Cameras on Flights From Select Countries
Both Britain and the United States have banned electronic devices including laptops and cameras from carry-on luggage, citing intelligence that terrorists smuggle explosives in portable electronics. The ban has been issued for flights from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, and UAE. The ban creates problems for photographers who typically avoid checking their expensive and delicate equipment.
Read the full story (F-Stoppers)