News Recap: July 17, 2015

A weekly recap of art world news.

Kissing the War Goodbye by Lt. Victor Jorgensen Lt. Victor Jorgensen / U.S. Navy photograph, The famous kiss from a different angle. with nurse Gloria Bullard in the background. Bullard's account of the afternoon helped Don Olson determine the exact time of the kiss. via Wikimedia Commons

Kissing the War Goodbye by Lt. Victor Jorgensen Lt. Victor Jorgensen / U.S. Navy photograph,
The famous kiss from a different angle. with nurse Gloria Bullard in the background. Bullard's account of the afternoon helped Don Olson determine the exact time of the kiss. via Wikimedia Commons

Astronomer Determines Exact Timing of the 1945 “Kiss” Photograph
Don Olson, a professor of physics and astronomy at Texas State University, has used a variety of scientific methods to determine the exact timing of the iconic photograph of two people kissing to celebrate the end of World War II. While it was believed to have been made moments after the announcement, Olson has discovered the photograph was made several hours before the war was officially declared over. Published by Life magazine to signify the end of the war, Olson’s discovery proves that Life took significant liberties with captioning the photo.
Read the full story (LA Times)

Fujifilm Discontinues Several Film Products
Fujifilm has announced its plans to discontinue a multitude of its film products while increasing the prices of existing films. The company cited a decrease in demand as the main factor in its decision. While some films like Fujichrome Provia 400X (135 size) will be eliminated as soon as December, others, like Fujichrome Velvia 100F (8x10) will remain available until March 2017. Beginning in October, at least four films will see a 20 percent increase in price.
Read the full story (PDN Online)

Photojournalist Jacques Nadeau Robbed of His Life’s Work
Earlier this week a thief broke into the well-known photojournalist’s Montreal home and stole five hard drives containing 30,000 – 50,000 photographs made over the last 35 years. Nadeau also reported missing prints of his most iconic photos. Robbed of his life’s work, Nadeau will begin rebuilding his portfolio this week.
Read the full story (CBC News)

Newspaper Sends Cartoonist to Illustrate Foo Fighters Concert in Protest of Contract
On the heels of the Taylor Swift concert photography debacle, the Quebec newspaper le Soleil made their own statement regarding harsh contracts for concert photographers. Instead of opting not to publish images of a Foo Fighters concert, the newspaper sent their cartoonist Francis Desharnais to illustrate the event. The newspaper deemed the terms “harsh” citing passages that strip the photographer of their copyright and allow the band to publish the images in any media without payment or prior permission.
Read the full story (The Guardian)