News Recap: July 3, 2015

A weekly recap of art world news.

1846 daguerrotype of the White House by John Plumbe via Wikimedia Commons

1846 daguerrotype of the White House by John Plumbe via Wikimedia Commons

White House Lifts Ban on Photography
The White House has lifted its 40-year-old ban on cameras during its tours. Michelle Obama recently announced that visitors are now welcome to photograph the White House tour route, though many restrictions are still in place. Cell phones and compact cameras are permitted while cameras with lenses exceeding three inches (including cameras with interchangeable lenses), tablets, video cameras, selfie-sticks, and flash photography is still not permitted.
Read the full story (The Verge)

The Irish Times Refuses to Publish Taylor Swift Concert Photos Due to Unfair Contract
Taylor Swift has been in the news a lot recently for her comments (and the responses they’ve generated) on artist compensation. The Irish Times, Ireland’s second most popular newspaper, responded to her unfair contract terms with her concert photographers by refusing to publish any photographs from her two-night sold out show in Dublin. The paper describes the contract’s restrictive one-time only usage terms as unfeasible for working newspapers.
Read the full story (The Irish Times)

Photographer Charles Harbutt Dies at 79
Former Magnum president and renowned documentary photographer Charles Harbutt passed away on June 29 in Monteagle, Tennessee. He is best known for his unique documentary style that teetered between art and photojournalism. A respected teacher at Parsons the New School for Design, he also taught workshops regularly. As president of Magnum, Harbutt recruited many notable photographers including Mark Ellen Mark, Alex Webb, and Eugene Richards. He eventually left Magnum to start his own agency, Archive Pictures. Harbutt’s work has been exhibited at many significant institutions including MoMA and the Whitney.
Read the full story (PDN)