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Bachmann Security Team Roughs Up Photographer (The Atlantic)

Michele Bachmann’s security team has already had notable altercations (shoving, mostly, it seems) with CNN’s Don Lemon and ABC News reporter Brian Ross. Today, however, Politico quantified the trend, portraying the Tea Party darling’s bouncers as prone to unnecessary roughness: In the past two months, “Bachmann’s campaign staff has become embroiled in at least five unusually hostile encounters with the traveling media.” The most aggressive incident in the report came from a Norwegian reporter, Are Tagvold Flaten, who was trying to photograph Bachmann.


Vampire Weekend Lawsuit Settled (PDN)

A lawsuit against rock band Vampire Weekend, the band’s record label, and a photographer who allegedly provided an image for use on a Vampire Weekend album without a model’s permission has been dismissed. Model Ann Kirsten Kennis asked a federal court in Los Angeles to dismiss the case, after she reached a settlement with Vampire Weekend and its label, XL Records. Kennis sued in 2010 after photographer Tod Brody licensed a Polaroid image of Kennis for use on the cover of the band’s Contra album.


Photographer David Strick Sues L.A. Times for Copyright Infringement (The Wrap)

Veteran Hollywood photographer David Strick has sued The Los Angeles Times over photo copyright, citing more than 500 violations of the rights to using his work, The Wrap has learned. The photographer was signed to the Times with great fanfare four years ago. The paper hoped  to drive readers to its entertainment coverage by touting Strick’s behind-the-scenes shots from TV and movie sets.But the relationship soured in May 2010 after the paper decided not to pick up Strick’s option — but kept using photographs he’d shot while under contract.

Google and Microsoft Named as Possible Suitors for Kodak (PetaPixel)

Talk about a Kodak acquisition seems to be heating up as giant tech companies — including Google, Microsoft, and Apple — continue to engage in a patent-hoarding war. Just two days ago, Google agreed to acquire Motorola for $12.5 billion in order to snatch up the roughly 25,000 patents owned by the handset maker. The patents held by Kodak may be worth five times more than the company itself, making it a prime acquisition target.

Howard Greenberg Gallery Expands In A Down Market (ArtInfo)

An Edward Burtynsky image finds a new home at the Howard Greenberg Gallery

Credit availability worldwide may be shrinking, but Howard Greenberg Gallery is expanding. After decades of representing some of the biggest names in 20th-century photography — Alfred Stieglitz and Bruce Davidson among them — Greenberg recently announced that he will take on the 21st century, starting by signing Edward Burtynsky. A show of work by the celebrated photographer is now planned for late October.


Magazine Newsstand Sales Slip In A Down Market (New York Times)

Circulation trends for weekly magazines were largely flat over the last six months, with a few notable exceptions among the biggest brands in a business that has undergone considerable restructuring and downsizing in recent years. Newsweek, which has seen major changes both cosmetic and cultural under its new editor, Tina Brown, struggled to show signs that a turnaround was under way.


The Trickle-Down Delusion: Why Policies Friendly to the Super-Rich May Not Benefit the Art World (Art Info)

A fairly fascinating look at art dealer economics suggests that thirty years of trickle-down economic policies may not have been as beneficial to artists and artist reps as we previously thought.


My Nikon, Myself: SLR Preferences Linked to Self-Esteem (PetaPixel)

Ever wonder why certain people always seem to engage in meaningless Canon vs Nikon vs et al. camera brand debates at every opportunity? A recent study conducted at the University of Illinois has found that the more knowledge and experience you have with a particular brand, the stronger your self-esteem is tied to it.