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Brian Cassey

Brian Cassey

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Profession: Photographer
Location: Aurukun , Australia
Home base: Cairns Tropical Australia
URL: http://www.briancasseyphotographer.com
URL: http://www.fotostrada.com
Email: •••••••• (private)
Languages spoken: English
Journal: http://www.briancasseyphotographer.com/blog
Skype: Briancas briancas
Mobile phone: +61 412770200
Home phone: •••••••• (private)
Work phone +61 412770200
Last login: 5 days ago
Member since: 14 Feb 2006 22:02

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Experienced freelance photographer based in Cairns Australia. Regularly work for News Ltd, Fairfax and other news publications in Australia, string for Associated Press (AP) around Australia and the south Pacific, and work for various newspapers on assignments in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and elsewhere. Covered George Speights coup in Fiji and the World Economic Forum riots in Melbourne in 2000, the evacuation of refugees from East Timor 1999, the victims of the Bali bomb blasts 2002, the tsunamis in northern Papua New Guinea 1998 and in Asia 2004 (Banda Aceh, Indonesia – Phuket, Khoa Lak etc Thailand – and Myanmar) and the destruction wrought by category 5 cyclones (hurricanes, typhoons) on northern Australia – “Larry” in 2006 and “Yasi” in 2011.
( * nb … for those who failed geography ……. Cairns is a city in northern tropical Australia, closer to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands than it is to Sydney and Melbourne – an ideal base to access south Asia and the southern Pacific, all reached by short flights. )
Brian is also a member of the ‘fotostrada’ – www.fotostrada.com – photographers collective based in Australia.

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Guardian News ... Disturbing !

Hi,
below … as reported in BJP …… a disturbing development in the British media …
Times are, indeed, tough ……

Brian

Title: Guardian slashes photo rates
Feature: news
Date: 20 May 2009

Guardian News & Media has announced it is cutting photographers’ fees as the organisation looks to save £10m in editorial costs before the end of the year.

The Guardian says that it will slash 50 editorial positions, as well as ‘cut back on casual staff, contributors, general expenses, and paying for pictures and illustrations’.

A spokesperson for The Guardian tells BJP that ‘in the mist of this recession, we are looking at the most effective way we can use photographers. We know that we have the reputation of being the best newspaper in terms of photography and the way we deal with photographers and we intend on maintaining that reputation.’

This latest announcement comes less than a month after BJP revealed that The Guardian newspaper was introducing a new photographer contract that demands extended use rights, but fails to provide any compensation. ‘Anyone who undertakes a commission from them will be granting them not just first use rights, but also second and subsequent publishing rights (without) further remuneration,’ says a contributing photographer, who asked to remain anonymous.

When contacted by BJP, a spokeswoman for the newspaper said that ‘the matter is still in discussion and we can’t comment further’. However, freelance photographers working for the paper are adamant that it’s a done deal.

20 May 2009 22:05 | 3 replies

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