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While iStockphoto is launching its 10th birthday bash, this New York Times story outlining the hard road ahead for photographers stirred up debate in the photo world (there’s even a follow-up article with reader and blog responses). Adding insult to injury, word also surfaced of a new business model for product photography called Via U!, where buyers can composite an image and purchase all rights for a flat $250 fee. A Photo Editor has details.

The New York Photo Festival (NYPH) announced its curators and exhibition dates for this year. The third annual NYPH ’10, which runs from May 12 – 15, 2010, is getting bigger and better, with later and extended exhibition hours, reduced fare and open attendance hours for the public. It has also teamed up with the Slideluck Potshow to take photography outdoors.

Blurb’s Photography Book Now competition has also launched its third year. In addition to $25,000, the grand prize winner will also be given the opportunity to show their work at ICP, the Annenberg Space for Photography, and the George Eastman House. The competition is a reminder of the potential of self-publishing, something we discussed extensively in our Future of Photobooks series.

Center, formerly known as the Santa Fe Center of Photography, has announced the winners of the 2010 Center’s Choice Awards. Aaron Huey, Stephen Beckley, and Jamey Stillings are the winners of the Curator’s Choice Award, the Director’s Choice Award, and the Editor’s Choice Award, respectively. See the full list of winners here.

We were sad to hear that legendary photographer Jim Marshall (who lived in San Francisco and we saw around town frequently) passed away on Tuesday. Jim was known for his intimate images of rock stars throughout the 60s and 70s, possible because of his close friendship with many of the artists.

The “Polaroid” instant films created by the Impossible Project went on sale this week in a “first flush” offering of batches of 1,000. After Polaroid announced it was closing U.S. factories two years ago, the Impossible Project was created to convince the company of demand for the film and they were allowed to begin production in Polaroid factories in the Netherlands earlier this year.

Adobe CS5 launches globally on April 12, but the internets are already abuzz since a sneak peak was released on YouTube on Wednesday that shows a new “content-aware” fill tool that seems to allow hours of difficult retouching to be achieved with a few mouse clicks.

Hype was also hot for a new interactive feature released by VIV Magazine for the iPad. It’s a little bit Sin City, a little bit Matrix, and kind of a weird topic, but it’s probably also a glimpse at what the future of publishing could look like.

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Pretty much everyone in the fashion photography world has heard the stories of Terry Richardson‘s on-set shenanigans, which almost always involve someone getting naked (the model, him, or both), inappropriate sexual overtures, and outrageous comments. When a model finally came out on a blog and talked openly about how degrading the experience was, the story spread like wildfire around the blogosphers — and Rob Haggart at A Photo Editor gives us the play-by-play.

Websites ending in “.com” may soon be a thing of the past, replaced by “.canon” if the camera company has their way. Canon “announced Wednesday it intends to be the first company to say goodbye to .com and buy its own top-level domain, taking advantage of ICANN’s decision to broadly widen the number of top-level names,” according to a Wired article on Wednesday. The repercussions of the ICANN ruling will undoubtedly be staggering, and it’s interesting to see Canon taking the lead.

Photographer Charles Moore, an Alabama native who made striking images that helped define the southern Civil Rights Struggle, died on Tuesday. His work includes images of the integration riots at Ole Miss in 1962, the fire hoses in Birmingham in ’63, a Ku Klux Klan rally in North Carolina in ’65, and he was the lone photographer at the scene when King was arrested in Montgomery in 1958.

Magnum is once again accepting portfolio submissions from photographers interested in joining the oldest, most prestigious photographers’ collective, the British Journal of Photography reminded us on Tuesday. Photographers have until May 15 to submit their portfolios of up to 80 images for consideration to become a “Nominee Member” of Magnum.

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Ukraine-based photographer Stepan Rudik has been disqualified from the World Press Photo Contest for altering his image “beyond the boundary of what is acceptable practice,” i.e. removing a subject’s foot during retouching, the New York Times LENS blog reported on Wednesday. Several bloggers jumped on the story with their own takes, including PetaPixel, Julian Abram Wainwright, and David Campbell.

SF Weekly published a story on Monday drawing attention the fact that a San Francisco State photojournalism student who won a Shield Law case earlier in the year ensuring that police couldn’t force him to turn over photos for a homicide investigation won the College Photographer of the Year award this year for a portfolio including an image of the same incident. This turn of events highlights a tangled ethical grey zone for photographers and the police department says it is revisiting the case.

We’re unofficially naming this travel coffee mug from the Olympics the coolest photographer swag of the year. PDN alerted us to this instant collector’s item, handed out by Canon in Vancouver, and modeled on their 70-200mm L-series “white” lens. Then Thomas Lee, a good friend and talented photographer, asked the hard question: “Who’s gonna pay if I pour coffee into my real 70-200?”

We were tipped off to an enlightening interview with marketing master Seth Godin on DWF’s Wedding Photographer Blog by Leslie Burns Dell’Acqua on the Burns Auto Part Blog. Here’s a teaser: “I think the souvenirs of your art… the stuff you sell to make money… don’t have to be artistic. Souvenirs are things that people like to buy, and they are often a shadow of your work, not the work itself.”

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