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Stand up for photojournalists!

PHOTOGRAPHERS are encouraged to come to the NUJ’s second Photographers’ Conference on Monday 18 May 2009. Sessions include lawyer Rupert Grey on photography in public spaces and privacy issues; Metropolitan Police Commander Bob Broadhurst on police and the media; a slide compilation by Jeff Moore and Paul Stewart (both from the British Photographic Council) and a speaker on anti-terrorism legislation and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE).

Old-style press photographers

What photojournalism looked like in the 1930s in Brussels.


This image is a photograph by Mike Holderness of a 2-metre-high photo blow-up in the corridor of the International Federation of Journalists office in Brussels. The Freelance is printing it in the hope that the photographer, or their heirs, will come forward and clarify whether the IFJ's landlords have a licence for its public display. They should also get a byline on the display, as is their absolute right under Belgian law.

Other conference sessions will cover copyright and intellectual property; economic and moral rights; orphan works, pitching and selling, the business of photography and videography. Pamela Morinière of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) will cover the European dimension, and Penny Tweedie will speak about her long and successful career as a photojournalist. The closing session brings everyone together for "Photography Matters", with the NUJ's General Secretary Jeremy Dear, Deputy General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet and Freelance Organiser John Toner.

The conference will also host an NUJ Photographers Exhibition. You can see the photos from the first such exhibition, held in 2007, on the Stand Up for Photojournalism website.

After the 18 May London conference, The Photographers Exhibition will also be at the NUJ's annual conference (Annual Delegate Meeting) in Stockport in November, and the exhibition then tours to other cities in 2010 - provisionally including Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham and Belfast.

Members are invited to submit images to the exhibition - watch this space and the EPUK photographers' network site for forthcoming details of how to enter photos.

The conference and exhibition are at the Institute of Education, Bedford Way, London WC1, nearest Tube Russell Square. It costs £10 for NUJ members and £40 for non-members. For details of how to register, email the Freelance Office.

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