Texas court strikes down ‘improper photography’ statute

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Yes, a kind of picture-taking was against the law in Texas…
“Improper photography” had been defined as arousing photography taken without consent. Yes, it was perhaps primarily first meant to simply stop peeping toms and such scofflaws. But vague wording meant enforcement could have overreached, and it could have been a dangerous precedent. Thankfully it’s been struck down.

Part of the Court’s reasoning:
“A statute is likely to be found overbroad if the criminal prohibition it creates is of “alarming breadth.” Such is the case with the current statute, the breadth of which has been accurately characterized as “breathtaking.” The statutory provision at issue is extremely broad, applying to any non-consensual photograph, occurring anywhere, as long as the actor has an intent to arouse or gratify sexual desire. This statute could easily be applied to an entertainment reporter who takes a photograph of an attractive celebrity on a public street. But the statute operates unconstitutionally even if applied to someone who takes purely public photographs of another for personal reasons with the requisite intent.”

The full story is here — written by the law professor who co-wrote the legal brief in the court case.

In memoriam: Bob Graham

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Robert (Bob) Graham, died on September 8 after a brief illness. He was a founder of BGM Imaging (BG&M Colour Laboratories Ltd.) in 1958 with partners Raymond Borowsky, Floyd McRae and later, Ilgvars Broks. Together they introduced color photographic printing and continued to deliver innovations over the decades that garnered BGM an enviable reputation across North America.

Robert was a devoted family man, who thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially at the cottage, which became a weekend retreat for the whole family. He was husband for 57 years to his high school sweetheart, Margaret; father of Don (Kathy), Garry (Rose), Nancy (Dean) and Jackie (Ken). He is also survived by grandchildren Robert, David, Graham, Tyler, Laurissa, Hannah, and Nathaniel.

A memorial service will take place at the Highland Funeral Home in Markham, Ontario, on Sept. 13, at 1:30pm. In memory of Robert, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Markham Stouffville Hospital, or the charity of your choice.

Canon’s Kwanon is 80

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It’s been 80 years since Canon debuted its first camera, the Kwanon. (And to think it doesn’t look a day over 79!)

The Kwanon was the first 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera in Japan, Canon says, and was “the culmination of the dreams of engineers who wanted to catch up with Europe, the leading presence in the camera industry at the time.” It was named after the Buddhist goddess of mercy.

Two years later, Canon launched its Hansa commercial 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera. It wasn’t until 1959 that Canon introduced its first single-lens reflex camera.

 

Witness to Genius: photographer keynotes mobile conference

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doug menuezOne photographer had access to the early days at many Silicon Valley innovators — and he’ll share what he saw and learned at the Mobile Photo Connect industry conference.

Photographer Doug Menuez is the author of “Fearless Genius: Witness to the Digital Revolution,” in which he is “reporting what I saw – I was in the room and witnessed the decisions and actions.” He was invited by Steve Jobs and other execs to “record their stories of struggle, failure, sacrifice and success, from 1985 to 2000.”

The special session will be “a source of insight and inspiration for today’s entrepreneurs,” says Mobile Photo Connect conference chair Hans Hartman. He also announced the first 23 of 30 developers who will present their photo apps in three fast-paced show-and-tell sessions. Among the companies demonstrating are Dropbox, Fujifilm, Kodak Alaris, Lifepics, Magisto, and MailPix.

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Camera history shown on World Photography Day

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For World Photo Day, the project opened its “global gallery” for submissions, and other sites served a look at the history of digital photography.

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Popular Photography notes the world was “introduced to Dageurreotype Photography 175 Years Ago” here. “On this day in 1839, the daguerreotype process was officially announced to the public and the materials required to make them became available to the public,” the site adds. “The Giroux daguerrotype camera started making its way across the world just a few weeks after it was announced. “The Giroux daguerrotype camera started making its way across the world just a few weeks after it was announced. It was a huge step in terms of the photographic process, adding a new layer and beginning a movement that would ultimately result in our current state where cameras are pretty much omnipresent.”

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Imaging developer Lytro looks back at 175 years of photography here. “Starting with the first recorded photograph on paper in 1839 and finishing with the exciting future unfolding with light field photography, the infographic takes you through the twists and turns photography has taken over nearly two centuries to become the advanced technological marvel it is today,” the company says.

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And Digital Spy shows an overview of camera development here.

Action camera maker GoPro reports loss

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gopro-3+Leading outdoors action camera maker GoPro has been in the news a lot this year, primarily for filing an IPO and its valuation at sky-high figures. Now it’s finances are newsworthy again, but not for such positive reasons.

Reuters reports the company’s first financial results since its initial public offering in June weren’t great, with a quarterly loss and claims the manufacturer’s costs had nearly doubled.

GoPro shares fell 11 percent. However, Forbes adds the company’s overall result did exceed analyst’s previous revenue targets.

Liberty marks 30th anniversary

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libertyLiberty Synergistics is celebrating 30 years in business. Ron Green founded Liberty in 1984, initially as a supplier of plastic and stainless steel ball bearings to the photo and motion picture industries. Over the past 30 years, Liberty has grown significantly to meet the product, parts and accessories needs of wholesale and retail image processing companies across the USA and internationally. In recent years, Liberty added a fulfillment division, ivoke, making millions of personalized products. ivoke is a production and fulfillment powerhouse, working behind the scenes of many companies, brands, photographers and artists.

“We are continuing to realign our product offerings to include all the new innovative products that allow us to personalize our lives through imaging,” comments Green, CEO.

As a testament to Liberty’s commitment to the evolving imaging and personalization industry, the Company is launching a new website, www.Liberty2Create.com, in August. Using the latest web and e-commerce technology, the new site offers a broad array of products to help imaging and personalization companies grow their revenue. From wide format printing to sublimation, direct print and mounting, Liberty2create offers a broad line of products to help labs increase their revenues and provide new and differentiated products to their customers.

Check back often, as the site will continually be updated with how-to videos, new products, and more.

In memoriam: George Champagne Sr.

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obit_photoGeorge Champagne passed away June 6 at the age of 89. He was owner, with his wife Irene, of Champagne Studios in Pawtucket, R.I. for 22 years, and co-owner of Abar Color Labs of Providence, R.I., for 32 years. He served the industry in many capacities all throughout his career, including as president of the Association of Professional Color Labs (APCL), the precursor of the Association of Imaging Executives (AIE), in 1988-1989. He also received the PMA  Distinguished Service Award in 1998.

He is survived by his children, George R. Champagne (Nancy); David G. Champagne (Linda); Diane Neligon (Thomas); Jean Kruzan (Bradley); Jacqueline Schlageter (William); and the late Suzanne Padien (Richard); 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

In memoriam: Suzanne Cohn

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I am sad to report that Suzanne Cohn, 79, wife of PMA Past President Herb Cohn of Violet Camera Shops in Chattanooga, Tenn., died on the morning of June 9, 2014. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Suzanne was born in Chicago in 1934 and met Herb her freshman year in college. They married in 1954 and had three children, Geoffrey, Amy and Gerry. Sue was employed as a social worker at Moccasin Bend Hospital, as the executive director of the American Heart Association, and in the Continuing Education Division of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A tireless volunteer and organizer, Sue lived a life of giving to others, be it family, friends, synagogue, community, or strangers she met on the street. She received numerous awards of recognition for her service to community, including the American Lung Association Woman of Distinction, the JC Penney Golden Rule Award, and the Partnership for Families Family of the Year award. Sue was also active in all aspects of her synagogue, Mizpah Congregation.

Sue is survived by her husband of 59 years, Herb; daughter, Amy and son-in-law, Jon Cohen; son, Gerry Cohn; siblings, five grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Sue’s life will be held at Mizpah Congregation at 1 p.m. on  June 13. The family will be available for visitation in the synagogue beginning at noon. Burial will follow the service at Mizpah Congregation Cemetery.

Memorial contributions be made in Sue’s honor to the Mizpah Congregation Endowment Fund (923 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403), or the Chattanooga Area Food Bank (2009 Curtain Pole Road, Chattanooga, TN 37406), designated in memory of Suzanne Cohn.

Former Sony VP Mike Kahn brings new “gig” to The Big Photo Show

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Mike Kahn newYou probably saw our recent announcement that Entertainment Radio News will once again be broadcasting live from The Big Photo Show, and we are very excited to welcome them back. ERN will broadcast their nationally syndicated and internet radio programs including Popular Technology Radio, Working Mother Radio, and Popular Science Radio from the show. You also might have noticed, when reading that announcement, a name very familiar to many in our industry among the show hosts: Mike Kahn.

Yes, it’s that Mike Kahn, our good friend and former Vice President of Partnership Marketing at Sony Electronics. Mike recently became host of  Popular Technology Radio, in which, along with Pop Tech’s impressive array of regular contributors and guests, he covers all the latest news, products and gossip concerning the wide field of consumer technology and entertainment.

Popular Technology Radio broadcasts via syndicated radio every Saturday from 9:00-11:00 AM PT on 41 stations nationwide in markets including; Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle, Orlando, St. Louis, Nashville, Grand Rapids, Memphis and Jacksonville.

Mike has also shaken up the consumer technology world with the advent of the Pop Tech Testers program which allows consumers to try out the latest and greatest technology first-hand. Testers are given the opportunity to provide real, relevant feedback live on Popular Technology Radio.

Kahn commented, “I am thrilled to be hosting Popular Technology Radio for ERN. My mission: share new technology that makes our lives better, easier and most importantly, fun.”

He will be doing just that at The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles on May 17. Be sure to listen in!