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Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author

 

“Our autobiography is written in our contact sheets,  and our opinion of the world in our selects”  

"Never ever confuse sharp with good, or you will end up shaving with an ice cream cone and licking a razor blade."  

 

Bill Pierce is one of the most successful Leica photographers and authors ever. I initially "met" Bill in the wonderful 1973 15th edition Leica Manual (the one with the M5 on the cover). I kept reading and re-reading his four chapters, continually amazed at his knoweldge and ability, thinking "if I only knew a small part of what this guy knows... wow."  I looked foward to his monthly columns in Camera 35 and devoured them like a starving man.  Bill has worked as a photojournalist  for 25 years, keyword: WORK.  Many photogs dream of the professional photographer's  life that Bill has earned and enjoyed.  Probably Bill's most famous pic is Nixon departing the White House for the last time, victory signs still waving. 

 

Bill  has been published in many major magazines, including  Time, Life, Newsweek, U.S. News, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, New York Magazine, Stern, L'Express and Paris Match.  :His published books include  The Leica Manual,  War Torn, Survivors and Victims in the Late 20th Century, Homeless in America,  Human Rights in China,  Children of War.  Add to that numerous exhibitions at major galleries and museums.  Magazine contributions include  Popular Photography,  Camera 35, Leica Manual,  Photo District News, the Encyclopedia of Brittanica, the Digital Journalist, and now RFF.  Major awards include Leica Medal of Excellence, Overseas Press Club's Oliver Rebbot Award for Best Photojournalism from Abroad,  and the World Press Photo's Budapest Award. Perhaps an ever bigger award is Tom Abrahamsson's comment: "If you want to know Rodinal, ask Bill."

 

I met Bill in person through our mutual friend Tom Abrahamsson.  In person his insight and comments are every bit as interesting and engaging as his writing.  He is a great guy who really KNOWS photography.  I am happy to say he has generously agreed to host this forum at RFF  From time to time Bill will bring up topics, but you are also invited to ask questions.  Sit down and enjoy the ride!

 


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Old 04-14-2012   #121
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Some light reading, regulation 17.

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well those two links make it pretty clear that the US is run by it's corporations now and not it's citizens. The courts are a sham due to the audience given to the concept of corporations as individuals and citizens with a whole bunch of other rights never, ever intended for non living entities that are beneficially controlled by the living. The citizens of the US need to take back their courts and their government. These two agencies representing the American people are off track
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i am not sure the US has the corner on that market
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As in most other things, you only get the justice you can afford.
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i am not sure the US has the corner on that market
True! However I think the US is the only country so far extraditing citizens of soverign states.

Keeping it interesting.. stealing is stealing... here's a good link on stealing art and putting it in a gallery. Lots to be found on these artists at their website, wiki, and the gallery itself

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesi...don-exhibition
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I wonder what they would think of some "new" artist, taking their theme to hart, and stealing their show.. you know, break in and take all the stuff. Or better, storm the gallery with "artists who are in love with their work" and take a very large number of small pieces.

Likely insured for big bucks and would give them even more press. Still, it would be interesting.
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Here's the Thief of the Day, a 92-year-old WWII veteran, who for the last nine years has been making 300,000 copies of copyrighted movie DVDs and sending them to US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for free: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/04/27...diers-hero.xml

I don't think anyone will go after him though.
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or maybe to make it legal, (what I've done in the past) charge him one dollar for the use. But that's me..
That's still $300.000 in total. If the point is only to make it legal, you can do without the dollar and just tell him that you're OK with it on this one occasion.

Remember, this is copyright we're talking of, not trademarks; you don't lose it if you don't defend it every single instance.
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I'm pretty sure PKr meant $1 for all, not $1 each.
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Here's the Thief of the Day, a 92-year-old WWII veteran, who for the last nine years has been making 300,000 copies of copyrighted movie DVDs and sending them to US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for free: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/04/27...diers-hero.xml

I don't think anyone will go after him though.
Some exceptional photojournalism in the story. More than text ever could, the man's patriotism, personal motivation, and technical acumen are all displayed perfectly.
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correct.. a common practice in US contract law. Minimum exchange of funds for service or goods for contract purposes.. but an exchange.
This is known in the law as nominal consideration; an actual exchange of value supposedly to make a contract binding. Its usefulness in the law is questionable and may not be substantial enough depending on jurisdictional case law.
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What kind of value needs to be put on this kind of thing to make it "more legal" without putting hardship on the other half of the contract.

I've found that when assigning free use, the work will leave the control of the recipient if there isn't something "that looks binding" in writing. I want to be able to help folks without the image getting "lost", printed and sold under someone elses name on ebay..
Some jurists believe that nominal consideration is a sham. That's all. I would not count on it to properly contract for copyright distribution, especially globally. It may be one clause to demonstrate diligence rather than THE clause to bind. I posit it is antiquated. YMMV

Another way to facilitate exchange is to contract demand a copy of the final product you assign your image towards. This may have more demonstrable value and be more applicable rather than a fictional dollar bill.
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Update on alleged theft. Comforting to find out we may have an impartial justice system.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/di...-ruled-illegal
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