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Model Releases?

Hey,
Can anyone clue me in about agencies wanting Model/ Subject Releases? I’m coming from a newspaper background where if your out in the public your fair game. Does this refer to a studio type setting?
Thanks,
Kira

by Kira Horvath at 2005-09-16 13:33:50 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Boston , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

you generally need a model release for anything that is not reportage, studio or not

by Fernando Gaglianese | 16 Sep 2005 14:09 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
…so when I’m in the middle of the Congo jungle photographing a Pygmy who has never had his picture taken let alone seen a blonde girl from New Jersey I am suppose to try and get him to make his mark on some contract?

by Kira Horvath | 16 Sep 2005 14:09 (ed. Sep 16 2005) | Boston, United States | | Report spam→
If the picture’s going to be used for anything other than editorial, then you need a release. I only get them when required by the client (usually on corporate gigs). They’re a giant pain-in-the-ass either way.

So, if you’re just going to be submitting photos to an agency for editorial use, don’t even worry about it. That’s what I do… (but I’m not a lawyer)


by [former member] | 16 Sep 2005 14:09 | Sacramento, United States | | Report spam→
If you plan on using it in an advert Kira, then yes, Cover Your a$$…


by Jack Howard | 16 Sep 2005 18:09 | Somerville NJ, United States | | Report spam→
I seriously doubt any pygmy in the middle of a jungle is going to sue your ass, in fact I doubt he will ever even see the damn photo!.  Be real folks.  Anyway, that pygmy has more serious and immediate worries.  Jesus, where have you all been shooting that you have to think about such things!  I have shot all over Asia, North and South America and I have never used releases.  As far as shooting pygmies or any other embattled groups for commercial purposes, well that is just so disgusting that the issue of signing releases is hardly the thing that counts.  Consult your conscience for heavens´sake.

By the way, dont bet that that pygmy hasnt seen blondes from New Jersey.  an old acquaintance of mine has lived among them from years: he is from New Jersey


by Jon Anderson | 16 Sep 2005 20:09 | St Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Some agencies (including stock & other photo organizations) request/expect model & property releases (since the photos might have the potential of being used for commercial/advertising purposes). If you don’t get a release… just be honest that you don’t have one. As Jon says, in many cases it won’t matter, however if a corporation wishes to use your pygmy photo for their print ad to go alongside some text their advertising agency has devised, let’s say — you could potentially lose that job/$$s since their legal dept would not allow the co. to purchase a photo without an accompanying release. They could lose thousands/millions should someone decide that the photo shows the pygmy in a badlight or as a spokesperson for a new product that no genuinepygmy wouldever use… or somesuch. The company hasmuch more to lose by using your photo than another photo (maybe even a less “authentic” one) that the “pygmy” model has given their rights to use for whatever purposes the photographer so chooses.

I have varied template/stock releases on file (ones for minors, one a shorter/pocket-size, property release, etc.) but if you are photographing real-people in their environment who also don’t speak/read the same language as you — well, the point is actually even more moot, unless you have a local assistant who can well, assist you. You also don’t have to “pay” in cash, but in items (food, clothing, a print or book) — whatever something of value you want to offer your sitter in barter for allowing you to photograph & possibly profit from their image/likeness.

I don’t photograph pygmies or global cultures in out-of-the-way places, but I do candid street-shoots & then I weigh those times when I pull out the release for a signature (whether before of after I take a photo I deem to be valuable to me) & when it is less-expediant/necessary to do so. That said, I recognize that my photos/series with full acknowledgement & signed releases are potentially ‘worth more’ than ones without.

by Didi S. Gilson | 16 Sep 2005 22:09 (ed. Sep 17 2005) | New South Wales, Australia | | Report spam→

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Participants

Kira Horvath, Photojournalist Kira Horvath
Photojournalist
Boulder, Co , United States
Fernando Gaglianese, Photographer Fernando Gaglianese
Photographer
Dresden , Germany
Jack Howard, Photographer/Writer/Tech Jack Howard
Photographer/Writer/Tech
[undisclosed location].
Jon Anderson, Photographer & Writer Jon Anderson
Photographer & Writer
Ocala Florida , United States
Didi S. Gilson , Writer, Photographer Didi S. Gilson
Writer, Photographer
Anna Bay, Nsw , Australia


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