A dramatic image of the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, taken on December 19, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey, was named the Photo of the Year in the 2017 World Press Photo contest. The photo was taken by Burhan Ozbilici, an Associated Press photographer during a photo exhibition that he decided to attend at the last moment simply because it was on his way home. The Turkish photographer arrived during Ambassador Andrey G. Karlov’s speech, and within moments a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, opened fire and killed the Russian Ambassador. Although Mr. Ozbilici was just a few metres away from the gunman, he did not panic and run. The 2017 World Press Photo contest winner said in a phone interview: I’m a journalist and I had to stand and do my job even if I got hit or killed. At that moment I tried to represent not just A.P. but all good independent journalists.
Till her death in 2009, Vivian Maier was a mysterious and rather eccentric nanny who was covering a lovely secret for street photography. But the most unbelievable thing is if it had not been for a chance discovery at a Chicago thrift auction in 2007 by John Maloof, a young Chicago historian, the world would still be unaware of her life and talents.
US-based photo agency Getty Images will file a competition lawsuit against Google with the European Union. Getty accused Google of scraping images from third party websites and encouraging piracy. Particularly, in its complaint to the European Union’s antitrust commission, Getty claims that Google Images, by displaying full-screen slideshows of high-resolution copyrighted images, has hurt the stock agency’s licensing business as well as content creators worldwide.
Chinese image licensing company Visual China Group said it acquired on Friday, January 22 the image division and content licensing unit of photo library Corbis Entertainment, owned by Microsoft Corp’s co-founder Bill Gates.
The company signed another deal with media service provider Getty Images to distribute Corbis‘ images and content to customers, thus bringing in a major photo library and an image distributor to China.