Happy Friday y’all! Ready for links? Here goes: Frank Underwood as photographer, BuzzFeed reinvents the photographer’s rights wheel, controversy over photoshoot of poor people, and granting prisoners a photographic wish.
- Ansel Adams wasn’t the only early photographer to explore Yosemite. Carleton Watkins also photographed the area in the late 1800’s.
- The documentary work by Brenda Ann Kenneally of people living in poverty in Troy, NY caused a barrage of negative internet comments after it was featured in Slate. The New York Times has a good breakdown of the controversy.
- This week is the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, so check out some of these rare photos of the Apollo 11 mission.
- The New York Daily News laid off 17 journalists this week, including five photographers.
- Oh Buzzfeed, this is a tale as old as time. Welcome to D.C., where security guards at Federal buildings enforce rules that don’t exist. “Which ugly Federal building are you?” quiz coming soon.
- Border Patrol agents hold boy scouts at gunpoint for taking a picture of them. “The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” Fox was quoted as saying.
- A D.C. couple had their first photo as an engaged couple taken by Frank Underwood.
- The Afghan police officer who killed AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus got the death penalty.
Photographer Mark Strandquist asked hundreds of prisoners a straightforward question — if your cell could look out on one scene, what would it be?
- “He noticed that Chinese customers would often make a day out of it — bringing their tea and snacks, getting some shopping done and then treating themselves to a nice nap.” Kevin Frayer documents the not uncommon practice of IKEA shoppers in China taking naps in display rooms.
Wired goes “On the Prowl With Instagram’s Ultimate Street Photographer” Daniel Arnold.
- Queen Photobombs Hockey Player’s Selfie. Enough said.
- And finally, CityLab shares a video about the National Wildlife Property Repository, which houses millions of “products” of the illegal wildlife trade. The property includes an abundance of tigers.