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RINEKE DIJKSTRA WINS $110,540
HASSELBLAD AWARD FOR 2017: The Dutch
photographer was recognized for her large-scale
portraits and video studies that “recall the visual
acuity of seventeenth-century Dutch portraiture,
offering intimate portrayals of her sitters
whilst also suggesting the situated aspects of
their being,” Hasselblad said March 9, when it
announced the award. Jury chair Duncan Forbes
added, “At a moment when the portrait image
dissipates itself in an economy of narcissism and
fractal celebrity, Rineke Dijkstra reminds us of the
photographic portrait’s public potential.”
PHOTOGRAPHER ZWELETHU MTHE THWA
FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER: On March 16, a
court in South Africa convicted photographer
Zwelethu Mthethwa of murdering Nokuphila
Kumalo, 23, a sex worker, in a suburb of Cape
Town. The indictment stated that he had killed
Kumalo in April 2013 “by repeatedly kicking her
and stomping her body with booted feet.” Evidence
at trial included CCTV footage from the scene.
Police testified it showed Mthethwa getting
out of his car to attack Kumalo on a sidewalk.
Mthethwa’s attorneys questioned the validity of
the footage, but the judge stated in her ruling that
the video provided a “silent witness.” At press time,
Mthethwa was in jail awaiting sentencing.
ELLIOTT ERWITT AWARDED $20K HIPA
APPRECIATION AWARD: The 88-year-old
photographer, best known for his street
photographs showing the irony and absurdity of
everyday life, won the sixth annual Appreciation
Award from the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography
Awards (HIPA). The March 13 announcement
preceded an awards ceremony for the HIPA
competition, which provides more than $400K
in prizes to photographers. The competition
is sponsored by Dubai’s crown prince Sheikh
Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, a
JEFF KOONS FOUND LIABLE FOR COPYRIGHT
INFRINGEMENT—AGAIN: A French court has
ordered appropriation artist Jeff Koons and
contemporary art museum Centre Pompidou to
pay € 40,000 (about $46,000 US) for infringing
the copyright of a photograph by the late
French photographer Jean-François Bauret.
The photographer’s family had sued over a
Koons sculpture that closely copied Bauret’s
photograph of two naked children.
POLICE INTIMIDATION WATCH: MANNIE
GARCIA GE TS $45,000 IN SE TTLEMENT
WITH MARYLAND POLICE : The veteran
news photographer won the settlement with
Montgomery County police in Maryland for
violation of his First Amendment rights in 2011.
The claim stemmed from Garcia’s wrongful
arrest for video recording and photographing
the arrest of two other men outside a restaurant
in Wheaton, Maryland. The county denied
Garcia’s allegations, but the police department
updated its policies after Garcia’a arrest to state
explicitly that citizens and journalists have the
right to document police activity in public places.
The following are excerpted from news
stories posted on PDNOnline and PDNPulse.
ABOVE: “Ruth Drawing Picasso, Tate Liverpool, UK,
2009” by Rineke Dijkstra.