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Commissions for documentary photographers


FotoDocument has launched its first photo documentary project with the Environment as the theme. We will commission a small group of photographers worldwide to create a coherent and innovative body of documentary photographs on this important issue.
We will be commissioning photographers who have a proven track record in creating dynamic documentary photography and can present an exciting project idea highlighting solutions to the environmental crisis facing the world.
Professional photographers who are interested in submitting an application by 31st March 2010 please visit www.fotodocument.org/commissions.htm

by Nina Emett at 2010-01-12 20:13:48 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

It sounds a good idea and I wish you the best of luck, but I suspect that the following in your Ts & Cs might be a problem for many:

“Copyright of the photographs will remain with the photographer. The photographer will license to FotoDocument the exclusive reproduction rights worldwide for two years from completion of the project. After two years, FotoDocument will retain reproduction rights alongside the photographer.

In addition to their commission fee photographers will receive 50% of any reproduction or sale profits arising from their photographs."

There’s probably not a huge point for the photographer doing the project if they can’t use/show their own images, even if the restriction is ‘only’ for a couple of years.

The bit about “FotoDocument will retain reproduction rights alongside the photographer” is very unclear what it means (and therefore construed narrowly legally) but the last bit implies that you think the terms give the right to licence the images out somehow. As the terms are written, they probably don’t give that right, so the terms and conditions are rather contradictory and confusing.

I’m not trying to stir, it sounds like a great initiative, just pointing out a problem.

by Simon Crofts | 12 Jan 2010 20:01 (ed. Jan 12 2010) | Edinburgh, Scotland | | Report spam→
well spotted, let’s hope the organisers clear up the ambiguity and make this initiative more photographer-friendly…

by Peter Enright | 28 Jan 2010 06:01 | Singapore, Singapore | | Report spam→
Yeah, I’m quite interested in a bit of clarification as well. Two years is a long stretch for an embargo, and it hurts photographers if FotoDocument is trying to license the work alongside the photographer’s initiative to do the same.

by Will Seberger | 29 Jan 2010 02:01 | Tucson, Arizona, United States | | Report spam→

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Nina Emett, Nina Emett
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Simon Crofts, Photographer Simon Crofts
Edinburgh , Scotland
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photojournalist filmmaker
(have camera, will travel)
Brisbane , Australia ( BNE )
Will Seberger, Photojournalist Will Seberger
(Freelance Visual Journalist)
Tucson, Arizona , United States ( TUS )


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