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The 📸 Press Clipping by Fair Licensing | week 18 '24

Here are the top 5 news articles for Agencies and Photographers in week 18/2024

What's abuzz in the photography world this week?

1. PetaPixel

OpenAI will close its first AI Image Generator DALL-E 2

OpenAI has discontinued DALL-E 2, halting new customer registrations and credit purchases. Existing credits are usable until May 1, 2025. Initially popular, DALL-E 2's quirky creations gained a cult following, but concerns about its use of scraped images from the web raised ethical questions. Artists raised copyright issues as they discovered their work had been used without permission. DALL-E 2's closure reflects ongoing debates about ethics and transparency in AI-generated content.

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2. Fair Licensing

Is AI going to replace Photographers? Interview with Gerald Staufer, CEO of Photo Agency Westend61

Photographers worry about AI's influence on their field, but is it a real threat to the industry? In this interview, Gerald Staufer, CEO of Westend61, shares his thoughts. He discusses differences in visual aesthetics between AI-generated and human-created images, why some brands prefer AI content and considers whether AI-generated images should have copyright protection. He also reflects on the future of genuine photography amidst the rise of AI-generated imagery.

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3. DIYPhotography

A Print of Man Ray's most famous Photo sells for €120,000 at Paris Auction

A print of Man Ray's famous photograph "Le Violon d'Ingres" sold at auction for €120,000. The image features Kiki de Montparnasse with violin f-holes painted on her back, taken in 1924. In 2022, the original, signed by Ray, was auctioned for $12.4 million, marking the highest price ever paid for a single photograph. Elodie Morel-Bazin from Christie's described the print as iconic, showcasing a different technique from the original but retaining its significance. 

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4. All About Photo

2024 World Press Photo Contest regional Winners showcase Stories that matter from around the World

World Press Photo announces the regional winners of the 2024 Contest, showcasing top photojournalism and documentary photography. Executive Director Joumana El Zein Khoury emphasizes the diverse stories chosen, spanning themes of desperation, hunger, war, but also perseverance, courage, and love. The awarded photographs, chosen from over 61,000 entries, will be exhibited worldwide and online, highlighting stories that matter from around the globe.

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5. BBC

2024 Sony World Photography Awards: Winners revealed

French photographer Juliette Pavy clinches the "Photographer of the Year" title at the 2024 Sony World Photography Awards for her documentary on the forced contraception and sterilization of Greenlandic women. She receives $25,000, Sony gear, and a solo exhibition at the 2025 awards. Winners across 10 categories are also acknowledged, with each Professional Category awardee receiving a Sony digital imaging kit for their photo series. Take a look at their entries in the article.

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