News Recap: March 29, 2019

A weekly update of art world news.

A transfeminine executive meeting with a non-binary employee. Photo by Zackary Drucker for the Gender Spectrum Collection.

A transfeminine executive meeting with a non-binary employee. Photo by Zackary Drucker for the Gender Spectrum Collection.

The Wakefulness of Gender Inclusive Stock Photos
Vice’s media platform Broadly has released a new stock photo library called the Gender Spectrum Collection. This photo library includes 180 free stock photographs featuring transgender and non-binary models. Broadly aims to expand the representation of gender identity in the stock photography so that organizations, businesses, and websites can have access to more representative identities in their visual communication division. The photographer responsible for the images, Zackary Drucker, hopes to broaden the availability of images of those in the trans and non-binary community engaging in every day activity; working an average job, attending school, playing video games, etc. He states, “I hope that these images reach all corners of the world, so people, where there is less representation, less visibility, less presence of gender diversity, can see that we’re out there. That we’re living full lives, that we are in relationships and loved.”
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Auschwitz Museum Asks Tourists to Stop Posing for Photos on Railway Tracks
The railway tracks at the Auschwitz Museum were once used to ferry victims of Nazi extermination camps to their deaths in the Holocaust. On Wednesday, the museum shared social media images of visitors using the tracks as a balance beam for photographs, characterizing the images as disrespectful to the dead. Their post reads, “There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolizes deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths.” Not everyone agrees with the museum’s stance, sparking a social media debate about whether or not this type of photograph is appropriate.
Read the full story (Business Insider)

Ariana Grande Demands Full Copyright from Concert Photographers
Singer Ariana Grande has caused a stir amongst photographers and media organizations with her new concert tour agreement. The new contract requires photographers to give the singer full copyright to their photographs. Grande states that the contract revision is a response to past experiences with “greedy photographers” who have “exploited” her by profiting from their concert photos. The new contract allows photographers to cover only the first three songs performed at concert and only from the pit. All photographers must transfer all rights, including copyright, to Grande’s company. Should the photographers wish to use their images for any purpose, including journalism, they must first receive written approval from Grande. Grande has her own in-house concert photographer and would prefer to have their photographs distributed to publications, also with written approval.
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)