News Recap: May 5, 2017

A weekly recap of art world news.

Photograph by Souvid Datta. The woman in the center has been added in Photoshop from a 1978 Mary Ellen Mark photograph.

Photograph by Souvid Datta. The woman in the center has been added in Photoshop from a 1978 Mary Ellen Mark photograph.

Photojournalist Souvid Datta Admits to Unethically Using Other Photographers’ Images in His Work
Earlier this week LensCulture came under fire for using an image of child rape to promote its photography contest. Souvid Datta, the photographer responsible for the image, claims to have instructed the contest organizers not to use that particular photograph for promotional purposes. The surge of publicity resulted in the discovery that Datta had digitally placing a woman from a well-known 1978 Mary Ellen Mark photograph into one of his images in 2014. After the manipulation was revealed, Datta admitted to “appropriating” other photographers’ work as well. The Alexia Foundation, which in 2013 awarded Datta a grant has announced it will launch an investigation to determine if any action will be taken on behalf of the foundation.
Read the full story (TIME)

Over 200 B&H Photo Employees Strike for Union Busting
More than 200 of B&H Photo’s warehouse employees launched a strike on May 1, while more people protested outside of the Manhattan store. Strikers are accusing the company of union busting, following the company’s announcement that it will close its two Brooklyn warehouses to move operations to New Jersey.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Aperture Portfolio Prize Winners Announced
Aperture announced Natalie Krick as the first place winner of their prestigious Portfolio Prize for her series “Natural Deceptions.” Krick will receive $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery in New York City.
Read the full story (Aperture)