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3.5% Fine Art Print Royalties Back to Artist at Auction?

From NYT Arts Beat: Lawmakers Propose Royalties Be Paid to Artists on Resale


It’s the dream of every art collector to buy a painting from a little-known artist for $100 and later sell it for $1 million. But how does that artist feel? Some think it unfair that artists typically do not directly benefit when a particular work escalates in value, and a bill introduced Thursday by Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, and Senator Herb Kohl, Democrat of Wisconsin, seeks to redress that.

With the support of organizations like the Visual Artists and Galleries Association and the Artists Rights Society, the lawmakers propose setting aside 7 percent of the price of artworks that are resold for more than $10,000 at auction houses. Half of the commission would go to the artist and the other half to nonprofit art museums. The legislation, which would apply only to the resale of work, models itself on laws — more commonly known as droit de suite — already on the books in dozens of countries.   More here:

The Real Price of Gold NPR Interview – Randy with Terry Gross


Randy’s interview with Terry Gross

on Fresh Air about NGM’s The Real Price of Gold.




National Geographic Italy Publishes "Master of Photography" Series


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Workshop with friends…

It’s funny how much better things work when you are in a great group of friends…

In 2005 we needed a fixer to help us on an assignment in the Alps for National Geographic magazine. Gianluca Colla answered an email query that led to a more than a working partnership. If you spend a couple of months driving windy mountain roads to tiny villages in the Dolomites, taking a train across a snowy pass that is stalled because of an avalanche, and traipse through waist-high snow on a cold, black night getting lost on the way back from an ice igloo–well, you learn a lot about each other in these situations. We found this great guy who loves our music, knows great wine and food and never tired of the hunt for a good photographic situation. More importantly, we found a new friend who has sincere respect for other people and passion for photography. A few assignments, workshops, seminars and corporate jobs pass and then Sophie shows up. A talented beautiful woman inside and out. We returned to Italy last year for their wedding. A gathering of friends and family. Last month we returned again for the realization of his dream of bringing people together to share ideas and knowledge. The first Photo Cruise Factory Workshop. Gianluca partnered with his friend Matteo Cavalleroni to launch workshops. They both called on the talents and of their friends and organized a week — full of technical support and classroom critiques, discussion and lectures, shooting time punctuated by an evening talk at the fabulous Palazzo Ducale.

Two trips ago to Italy, it was for Gianluca and Sophie’s wedding…

Somehow they had a wedding that looked like a painting…

We speak no Italian, yet, language was not a barrier (partly to the skill of some fabulous translators). Photography communicates on such a universal level. Photographers came with varied backgrounds from different countries and worked on stories, each progressing to take their work to a new level. The first day, the group bonded over a joint assignment. But there were challenges. Manuela was 8 1/2 months pregnant. Ismaele is an engineer who photographed nature boldly but had never approached people. One woman was recovering from being in a coma after an accident. Photography was what she wanted to do. For another woman, it was a way to know her father who was a photographer who died when she was young.

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Genova Snaps walking to and from our workshop…

Ok… well actually NOT this one (above)… it was shot when I was here for NG on the 7 Billion story…

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Photography Lecture at Palazzo Ducale in Genova, Italy

This is the link on YouTube. We’ve never had a nicer venue for a photography lecture…

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Melissa on Huff Post

An interview with Melissa about her Annenberg Talk in the Huff Post Arts section.

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National Geographic Brands Air Freshener

National Geographic’s branding activities is the subject of a Guardian story.

Melissa Farlow | The Annenberg Space for Photography | IRIS Nights Lecture Series

Melissa Farlow | The Annenberg Space for Photography | IRIS Nights Lecture Series.

National Geographic launches "50 Best Photos" iPad app for $4.99 with Canon Ads

As hard as everyone worked to put this app together… (I did too… those interviews take more time than you would think)… a lot of the reviews (some on Apple’s site) are asking why they don’t either offer it for free WITH advertising or charge for it WITHOUT advertising, but not both. Either way, the last time I looked it was #1 New App on the App store.

50 Best iPad Apps NG

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Pygmy boys go thru an initiation ritual called nKumbi. They are whipped every day to train them to be obedient. They are taught how to hunt and fish in the forest. Pygmies get everything they need from the forest, so these boys need to learn early in life how to fend for themselves and their family. At the end of the initiation period they don their grass skirts and dance thru the middle of their village announcing they are men… no longer boys. The mothers want their boys to remain boys so they try to fight the men… men whip women and women whip men until the boys make it all the way thru the gauntlet and to the other end of the village. They hang their skirts from the trees so that any passer by will see there are now more MEN in the village.

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Bird hunters crouch in the Indus River just outside Mohenjo daro, Pakistan. They tie their pet birds to the hoops in the river to bring in other birds and they wear a hand crafted mask from one of their former prey. When the birds land they crouch in the water, wiggle their heads so it looks like they are just one bird swimming up to another bird and then they grab their prey with their bare hands.