Photography on the internet

Social Media

The photography market on the internet is very complex. There are various image banks, photo agencies and portals. What’s different between them? What should we be aware of when working with one of these?

Over the years, we have become accustomed to the free use of all content that have been posted on the internet and the absence of any controls in this area. Photographers are particularly vulnerable to the negative consequences of such uncontrolled use of online content. In order to protect their rights, new solutions have been implemented; institutions and foundations are being created and new rules are being formulated. People are organising public awareness campaigns that educate us on internet rights and respect for property. In order to feel comfortable in the virtual world, it is worth taking a look at the main types of web portals that collect photos and create communities for photographers.

There are many websites, platforms and portals that collect photographs. A high percentage of them are owned by professionals who run their own company websites, fan pages or blogs, which show their photography and offer possibilities of cooperation. Many of them are choosing to collaborate with photographic agencies, image banks or social networking sites that allow them to present their portfolio, download photos with a specific license (for free or for a fee) or to gain clients.


Photo Agencies

The easiest way to collaborate with a photographer is to contact a photo agency which bring together a large number of professionals. Clients can commission work by filling out an online form which is a convenient and efficient way to receive exactly what they are looking for.

From the point of view of the photographer it is important to carefully read the agreement before passing a portfolio to an agency. In addition to financial arrangements, a photographer should pay special attention to the intellectual property rights and exclusivity. The most effective way is to establish cooperation with as many agencies as possible in order to widen the possibilities of potential work.

Image Banks

Another way of earning money from photographs are through online image banks. Such portals are referred to as stocks. With this type of service images can be quickly sold, bought or legally downloaded using a license specified by the author. The obvious advantages are quick access, low price, good quality photos and clearly defined terms of use. The major drawback is repetition. The acquired photo is sent to a buyer in digital form and can be sold to an unlimited number of people.

Photographers who engage with online photo banks should pay attention to the provisions in the regulations, including the commission, the accounts model (if there is a minimum amount that you need to earn to be able to withdraw money) as well as issues related to copyright. The developments and changes to the rules should to be monitored regularly.

Social Networks

The third category of websites where photos can be published are social networks. They include Flickr, deviantArt, Pinterest and mobile applications. The most popular of these is Instagram which has maintained a dominant position despite a change in ownership and the fact that users have been deprived of all rights to published photos.

To protect yourself against copyright infringement, photographers should use only proven partners and should always familiarise themselves with details of the agreement that they are signing. They should keep track of any changes that occur in the company with which the agreement has been signed.

Selachii LLP is a London based law firm specialising on intellectual property and dispute resolution.  Their lawyers have many year of experience in the field and offer advice on contract drafting and special cases.

Photo- reportage from The other Art Fair

Our photo journalist, Anastasia Buyalskaya has visited The Other Art Fair in London last weekend. We have already written here  what it’s about a few weeks ago.

Below are some of Anastasia’s favorite pics from the fair. Enjoy!

Image by Anastasia Buyalskaya

Image by Anastasia Buyalskaya

Image by Anastasia Buyalskaya

Image by Anastasia Buyalskaya

Image by Anastasia Buyalskaya

Image by Anastasia Buyalskaya


Image by Anastasia Buyalskaya

Image by Anastasia Buyalskaya

An Aldous Huxley novel provides the starting point for a diverse show of contemporary art


The exhibition Island opened on 11th October. Constructed as multiple, unfolding chapters, of a novel the show captures various moments in Aldous Huxley’s novel from 1962, somewhat a counterpart to A Brave New World  written thirty years earlier. In the enclavic and psychic setting of Pala new criteria for “value” lie in harmony, personal  fulŸllment, arts, architecture and the imagination. Ecentric solutions are found to old social problems, one regulator being the use of psychedelic drugs, tantra, rock climbing, multiple  family structures, and collective and individual healing sessions. Island celebrates both the psychedelic Sixties, the dissolution of conventional Western mores and identities and the rise of new forms of awareness. As novel, it is also a cautionary tale of the  mindless exploitation of resources allied to the capitalization of spirituality. The exhibition follows the transformative steps of Bloomsbury-born protagonist Will Farnaby, observer, actor and catalyst. Within Island, Will’s transformation is loosely organized around the intertwined experiences of crash, awakening, abundance, and self-betrayal. The Ÿrst pivotal word Farnaby hears on the island is “Attention” the initial awakening of a  journey towards the “here and now.”

Island exhibition Island exhibition Island exhibition

Artists list: John Armleder, Sylvie Auvray, Tom Benson, Valentin Carron, Jake and Dinos Chapman, George Condo, Ann Craven, Thomas Demand, Zeng Fanzhi, Urs Fischer, Théodore Fivel,  Sylvie Fleury, FOS, Cyprien Gaillard, Gunjan Gupta, Anthea Hamilton, Thilo Heinzmann,  Reena Saini Kallat, Terence Koh, Sergej Jensen, Rashid Johnson, Adriana Lara, Franck Leibovici  & Diemo Schwarz, Fang Lijun, Ursula Mayer, Takashi Murakami, Order of the Third Bird,  Jagannath Panda, Mai-Thu Perret, Sigmar Polke, Laure Prouvost, R.H. Quaytman,  Ugo Rondinone, Sterling Ruby, Tomàs Saraceno, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Dirk Skreber, Haim Steinbach, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Thukral and Tagra, Andro Wekua, Ai Weiwei, Douglas White.

Calling all creative designers!

A brand new online shop will have its launch on 31st October. Niiche is an online retailer dedicated to offering independent designers all they need to become successful. With great sales tools, marketing research and knowledge Niiche is a perfect partner for all those who create original, design-led products.


Customers are ensured that all items on will be stylish and unique as the work is handpicked by fashion and design specialists. Only a select group of talented individuals and brands will show their clothing, jewellery, stationery, homeware and gifts.

If you are a designer wanting to concentrate on your creative work and are looking for a partner to take care of the business side of your work, then look no further. Niiche offers not only great visibility and selling tools; it also takes care of all PR & marketing activities. It will make sure your work is seen by Thousands for people looking for creative and unique pieces. Joining the platform allows designers to build their businesses quickly and effectively, without the hassle of looking for new clients and chasing payments. To be part of a team of talented individuals and brands means to be with the best. Abbie Hartshorn, Managing Director, says: “Niiche opens up a world of opportunities to the design stars of the future.”

Niiche is currently looking for designers or up and coming brands with passion and love for contemporary design and fashion. If you have a collection of quality products ready to sell and would like to showcase it to the world, apply to join the community of designers selling their products to a market of fashionistas and design lovers.

Niiche promises that as a featured designer, your work will be vigorously promoted through a tailored marketing strategy, based on the unique qualities of your products and brand. You will receive a dedicated brand page designed by our skilled graphic designers, featuring your story, pictures and products.

For more details please visit


Water Tower Art Fest

Water Tower Art Fest is a show dedicated to free exchange of ideas and collaborations between artists form different nations.The idea behind this show is provoked by the last UK press prediction of mass immigration in 2014 by Bulgarians and Romanians with allowed work permit.

UK based Bulgarian artists will show their work at this artist run initiative.

water tower art fest

Water tower art fest is the biggest event with its 7 years history in the development of contemporary arts in alternative spaces with socially engaged artworks from national and international artist’s participants in Bulgaria.

It will take place from 21-28 October 2013 at Bulgarian Cultural Institute, London.

Frieze Talks at Frieze London 2013



The 11th edition of Frieze London, the leading international contemporary art fair, takes place in London’s Regent’s Park from 17–20 October 2013. Frieze London brings 152 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries to the UK this October. The fair is housed in a bespoke temporary structure designed by architects Carmody Groarke to provide the best conditions for showing and viewing art. Additions to last year’s participants include: Blum & Poe (Los Angeles); Marian Goodman (New York); Galerie Max Hetzler (Berlin); Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg); Maccarone (New York); Overduin and Kite (Los Angeles); and Rodeo (Istanbul). The eleventh edition features two specialist sections: Focus, dedicated to galleries up to ten years old presenting projects specifically conceived for Frieze, and Frame, for young galleries who will show solo artist presentations. The selection of the Frame galleries was advised by curators Rodrigo Moura and Tim Saltarelli. For the second time Frieze will present Frieze Masters, to coincide with Frieze London, a new fair with a contemporary perspective on historical art. Together the crossover between the two fairs build a broad international art audience.

Frieze Talks

Jérôme Bel, Meredith Monk and Stephen Shore are all part of the line up of international artists, filmmakers, curators and cultural commentators taking part in Frieze Talks 2013. Frieze Talks is a series of lectures, conversations and panel debates that take place during the fair in the auditorium at Frieze London. Highlights programme provides a forum to discuss some of the most pertinent issues in contemporary art and culture today. Presented by Frieze Foundation, Frieze Talks is programmed by the editors of frieze magazine, Jennifer Higgie, Jörg Heiser and Christy Lange.


Frieze Talks Schedule:

Thursday 17 October

1.30pm: ‘Schools on the Move’ – Pablo Helguera (Artist, Mexico City); Wael Shawky (Artist, Alexandria); and Sally Tallant (Director, Liverpool Biennial)Chair: Sam Thorne (Associate Editor, frieze, London)

5pm: ‘Meredith Monk (Composer, Singer, Director, Choreographer and Filmmaker, New York)

Friday 18 October

1.30pm: ‘Sexuality, Politics and Protest’ – Neil Bartlett (Theatre Director, Author and Performer, Brighton); Marlene McCarty (Artist, New York); and Zanele Muholi (Photographer, Johannesburg) Chair: Jennifer Kabat (Writer, New York)

5pm: Bruce Altshuler (Director, Program in Museum Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University) in conversation with Vivian Sky Rehberg (Director, Master of Fine Art, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and Contributing Editor, frieze)

Saturday 19 October

1.30pm: John Akomfrah (Artist, Film Director and Screenwriter, London) in conversation with Kodwo Eshun (Artist, Writer and Co-Founder, The Otolith Group, London) and Mark Fisher (Writer, Teacher and Theorist, Edinburgh)

5pm: Stephen Shore (Photographer, New York) in conversation with David Campany (Writer, Curator and Artist, London)

Sunday 20 October

1.30pm: Jérôme Bel (Choreographer, Paris) in conversation with Catherine Wood (Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance, Tate Modern, London)

5pm: ‘Migrating Modernisms’ – Elvira Dyangani Ose (Curator and Art Historian, London); Gerardo Mosquera (Curator and Art Critic, Havana); and Kirsten Scheid (Anthropologist and Art Historian, Beirut)Chair: Shanay Jhaveri (Writer and Curator, Bombay and London


Public opening dates and hours of the Frieze Fair:

Thursday 17 October: 12pm–7pm
Friday 18 October: 12pm–7pm
Saturday 19 October: 12pm–7pm
Sunday 20 October: 12pm–6pm

For more information and tickets to Frieze Fair please visit:

Vienna Duet, Georgia and Poland

The VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary opened tonight with a press conference and VIP viewing. From Thursday until Friday all exhibitions will be open to the public. This year the team of Viennafair prepared an exiting program.

 VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary 2013  VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary 2013

In the framework of VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary, the artistic directors Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt and Vita Zaman present Georgia and Poland as focus countries in a special project titled VIENNA Duet. They are therewith continuing last year’s successful project VIENNA Quintet, which debuted at the 2012 fair with artists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Ukraine, and Belarus. This year two special exhibitions are being developed in close cooperation with galleries, institutions, organizations, and experts from both countries.


Dominika Olszowy
Congratulatory for Ossowiecki
Video 11:47min
Courtesy Dominika Olszowy


Hubert Czerepok
Madness is like gravity,
200 x 190cm,
© Hubert Czerepok
Courtesy ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery, Berlin / Cracow


Janek Zamoyski
Courtesy Galeria Czulosc, Warsaw

The Polish project of the Duet “Who Are You or The Polish School of Happiness”, under the curatorial direction of the Polish art historian Klara Czerniewska, presents contemporary artistic positions in Poland. “What is happiness?”, “How can you achieve it?”, “Can you learn to be happy?”, and finally, “Does (making) art make one happy?” – How often do we ask ourselves such questions? Do young artists from Poland ever ask them? The artists participating in the show are searching for new ideas, forms and means of expression, while at the same time they are constantly analyzing the self. Fighting against obstacles like Don Quixote, they get involved whole-heartedly in a first-person narrative. Participating artists: Tymek Borowski, Hubert Czerepok, Łukasz Jastrubczak, Przemek Matecki, Dominika Olszowy, Małgorzata Szymankiewicz, Maria Toboła, and Janek Zamoyski. The exhibition was made possible with the support of the Polish Institute in Vienna.


Lukasz Jastrubczak
Sleeping cowboy
Concrete, black pigment
© Lukasz Jastrubczak
Courtesy Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw


Maria Ewa Tobola
2 min 10 sec
© Maria Tobola

The Georgian part of the Duet is called “Our Caucasus, i. e. Chveni Kavkasioni“, curated by the VIENNAFAIR artistic directors and Irena Popiashvili and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, presents works from the Vienna-based Georgian artists Gogi Okropiridze, Guia Rigvava, Tamuna Sirbiladze, and Tatia Skhirtladze, as well as works by artists working from Georgia such as Marika Asatiani, Andro Eradze, Giorgi Khaniashvili, Maya L. Sumbadze, Mamuka Japaridze, Sophia Tabatadze, Koka Ramishvili, Nino Kvrivishvili, Kote Sulaberidze and Natela Grigalashvili. The title of this group exhibition refers to Tengiz Abuladze’s “The Wishing Tree” from 1976. The film tells the life story of multiple characters living in the same village at the beginning of the 20th century. Among them is an unusual man, believer in a better future and approaching revolution, who has a following of local children – their “anthem” has a chorus line that says “Chveni Kavkasioni”, which means our Caucasus.

Here is the online catalogue of  VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary 2013.

The Other Art Fair, London, 17th – 20th October, 2013

‘The Other Art Fair’ is a fantastic platform for up and coming artists to showcase their work. It gives artists the opportunity to have their work viewed by critics, curators, collectors and galleries. Thus this event is not only about selling artwork, but it is about networking with fellow artists and art lovers.

Unique in its approach, ‘The Other Art Fair’ not only supports a wide range of art in this 4 day showcase, but also offers free workshops and seminars throughout the year. It is a very successful fair that continues to grow every year, resulting in artists going on to work with galleries in the UK as well as America.

Where did it Start?

London is a hub of artistic energy, and with so many unrepresented artists trying to get their work seen, something needed to be done. It was from this realisation that ‘The Other Art Fair’ was conceived.

It aims to allow artists to gain exposure and sell their work to first time buyers as well as established collectors and galleries. It started in November 2011 with 80 artists’ work being showcased; this fair was so successful that over 400 applicants applied the following year, and it has been growing ever since.


As a result of the growing size of the fair, it has been held in different locations over the years. This year’s fair is to be held outside of central London for the first time, in a place called The Old Truman Brewery.

The Old Truman Brewery is East London’s central location for creative arts and Liverpool Street Station is just a 5 minute walk away, making it very easily accessible. The opening times this year are as follows:

Thursday 17th October (Private Viewing) – 5pm-9pm

Friday 18th October – 11am-7pm

Saturday 19th October – 11am-7pm

Sunday 20th October 11am-6pm.


At ‘The Other Art Fair’ every year there are also awards given out for a variety of reasons. These include the Club Monaco ‘Emerging Artist Award’ and The Office Group ‘Art Space’ award.

A painting by Sandra Beccarelli

A painting by Sandra Beccarelli
Picture credit: Other Art Fair

Club Monaco is an exciting fashion and lifestyle brand who give out a yearly award recognising some of the best up-and-coming talent. Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite exhibiting artist, and from this list the top four are put forward to a prestigious panel who will choose the winner. The winner gets £5000 towards their artwork and Club Monaco exhibit the artist’s work in their markets to further their exposure.

The Office Group ‘Art Space’ award celebrates an artist’s work within its exhibition space. Three winners are chosen every year who then get the opportunity to exhibit their work in a fantastic West End location. They will also win membership to ClubRooms, which is a network of design-led spaces throughout London where they can work on their artwork and network with fellow artists.


Expanding every year, ‘The Other Art Fair’ is a brilliant event to get involved with. With such fantastic opportunities, if you are an emerging artist looking for ways to get your work out there, then this is definitely a great place for you. Although applications for the 2013 fair are now closed (30th June was the deadline), be sure to keep your eyes open for next year’s fair.


‘The Other Art Fair’ is a brilliant platform for independent artists to showcase their work to a variety of people. Likewise, if you are an art lover, then why not visit the fair? You might just find some stunning new artwork for your front room.

More information about the Other art Fair can be found on their website here.