News Recap: April 14, 2017

A weekly recap of art world news.

Educator and activist Elizabeth Brooks posing with singer and activist Emma Hackley (in spectacles) in five different portraits (1885) (courtesy William Henry Richards Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

News Corp Plans Major Lay-offs of Staff Photographers
Australia’s biggest newspaper company, News Corp, has announced it will eliminate a significant number of photographers in each city. The Melbourne branch may lose as many as 40 photographers, while Adelaide’s department of 24 will be reduced to eight. A spokesperson for New Corp has stated that the paper will be changing its photographic model from 100 percent in house photographers to a hybrid of freelance, agency talent, and a small team of specialists.
Read the full story (The Sydney Morning Herald)

12 Photographers Win 2017 Guggenheim Fellowships
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the 12 recipients of the photography fellowship on April 6. The prestigious fellowships provide monetary grants to support scientists, writers, artists, and scholars. This year’s photography fellows include Daniel W. Coburn, Maggie Steber, Marina Berio, Bradley Temkin, Zoe Strauss, Shaun O’Boyle, Kenneth Gonzales-Day, Mary F. Calvert, Thilde Jensen, Leigh Ledare, Amanda Means, and Michael Lundgren.
Read the full story (Artforum)

Library of Congress Digitizes Photos of 19th-Century Black Women Activists
The Library of Congress has recently undertaken a digitization project of photographs of black women activists in the 19th century. The photographs are primarily from a post-Civil War period when rights for African Americas, and particularly African American women, were limited. The digitized archive includes cabinet cards and tintypes of women who worked to achieve equality in suffrage, temperance, education, jobs, and many other aspects of life. Many of the photographs come from the collection of William Henry Richards, also an activist for civil liberties for African Americans.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)