April Branch Newsletter

20th April, 2010

The Future of Copyright

Our next meeting will be on the future of copyright with Andrew Wiard, Guy Smallman and NUJ freelance organiser John Toner. The panel will be discussing current negotiations with the Guardian, the Bauer Media dispute and future strategies for negotiating changes to copyright law. The meeting will be next Tuesday 27th of April at 6pm in Headland House. Any motions to the branch should be sent to the branch secretary prior to the meeting.

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Hostile Reconnaissance

The rally which the branch organised earlier this month was a fantastic success with 200 hundred people filling Friends Meeting House. You can read a full report, including audio from the rally on the branch website.

Ethics & Photojournalism

Our last branch meeting featured photographer Stuart Freedman who gave a talk on Ethics and Photojournalism, the text from his talk is on the branch site along with audio of the discussion afterwards.

Lets Start the Debate

Branch Vice-Chair Antonio Olmos introduced the new debate section on the branch site with an article outlining some of the issues that photographers face today.

If you’d like to write something for the branch site you can submit articles to editor@londonphotographers.org. Articles should be 400-600 words, can be on any subject related to the business or practice of photography and if you can provide related images even better!

Congratulations to Clause 43 Campaigners

Congratulations to all those photographers who have campaigned and lobbied against Clause 43 of the Digital Economy Bill.

We have won! On April 12th the Digital Economy Act was given Royal Assent, with Clause 43 of the bill, which created ‘Orphan Works’, removed.

As the far-right rises, we must protect our members

At the last branch meeting a motion was passed condemning the violence of the EDL against branch members, videographer Jason Parkinson who has covered EDL protests across the country wrote an article for the branch site talking about his experiences.

Surviving the Downturn – how to thrive in a tough market

Photographer Nick McGowan-Lowe will be giving a one day training course on the business of photography on the 21st May. It costs £90 for NUJ members, £130 for non-members and £67 for student NUJ members, space is limited to 12 people. The course will not be advertised to the wider NUJ membership until Thursday (on the training section of the NUJ website), so LPB members have a chance to get in early.  You can sign up by emailing Linda King in the training department.

Emergency Life Support Training

The London Photographers Branch is offering members the opportunity of attending a First Aid one day course tailored to street photographers. This course is open to branch members only and the 12 places will be on a first come, first served basis at a special LPB rate of £5. Email training@londonphotographers.org if you wish to take part.

The White Star Medical, First Aid certificated course and will take place at Headland House on Wednesday 2nd June, 10am – 5.30pm

Tutor Elliott Rodgers plans to teach the core principles of a one day Emergency Life Support course. The one day course will train photographers to take immediate life saving steps until further medical assistance can be bought to the casualty.


All the minutes for branch committee and branch meetings are available online (registration required)

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