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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 12-27-2012   #1
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Here’s a good piece on the current Instagram situation, something all us internet folks should be aware of.

http://aldiazphoto.blogspot.com/2012...l-lewis-q.html
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Old 12-28-2012   #2
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Just as clarification of the linked article, I understand that Nat Geo changed its mind after a quiet word with the Facebook/Instagram brain-trust. Though I'm not sure why.

I am more concerned about the Terms of Use that leave the poster on the hook for any claims arisising from lack of model releases, etc. Not only do you not get paid for use of the image, you have the joy of defending/paying any claim filed regarding use of someone's image (imagine, worst case, that bloke you snapped in Times Square is a recovering alcoholic who finds his face in a liquor ad licensed by Facebook from your Instagram post). As I've pointed out elsewhere, Facebook paid a ton of money for Instagram, and they'll eventually face pressure to monetize its database. But my girlfriend says I'm unduly cynical...
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I have no account on Instagram and FB, and now I'm even more convinced to stay away. Thanks for infos.
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"According to AppData, Instagram counted 14.5 million active users on Thanksgiving. By Christmas, that number had fallen to 12.5 million."

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/busines...iXBIJRE1rCOyML
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"But, as a Reuters story points out, that’s not even the scariest part of the new Terms of Use. This is:

EXCEPT IF YOU OPT-OUT AND EXCEPT FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DISPUTES DESCRIBED IN THE ARBITRATION SECTION BELOW, YOU AGREE THAT DISPUTES BETWEEN YOU AND INSTAGRAM WILL BE RESOLVED BY BINDING, INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION AND YOU WAIVE YOUR RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OR CLASS-WIDE ARBITRATION. [Caps and boldface in original].

Once the new terms take effect, existing users will have only 30 days to opt out. New users will have only 30 days after they join. And if you want to opt out, you’ll have to have to do it by snail mail. The only other choice: Cancel your Instagram account. But, according to lawyers who are suing Instagram, if you do that, you lose all rights to photos you’ve already uploaded.

“A FREE PASS TO BREAK THE LAW”

If these terms take effect as planned on Jan. 16, Instagram will be the latest in a long line of companies to block your fundamental right to justice by forcing you into a system where the deck is stacked against you at every turn. And if Instagram can get away with it now, will Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, try it next?"

http://my.firedoglake.com/afj2/2012/12/26/the-real-danger-in-instagrams-new-terms-of-use-forced-arbitration/
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I found this fairly informative on the subject.

I have deleted my, fairly inactive, account.
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Cancelled mine too. Considering getting out of FB as well.

Seems I'm getting less and less 'social' in a rapid pace... Interesting.
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I'm waiting for a couple of blurb books archiving my feed to arrive before deleting everything. It was fun while it lasted.
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