Supreme Court Hears SB1070, The “Show Me Your Papers” State Law Targeting Undocumented Immigrants

(All Images © Todd Bigelow. Registered with the US Copyright Office. Please do not publish or share without written permission from Todd Bigelow and/or his licensing agents. Copyright compliance measures are used and enforced to prevent unauthorized use.) Two years after leading the nation into a new era of racial profiling, Arizona’s controversial law SB1070…

Supreme Court to Weigh In on SB1070

Supreme Court to Weigh In on SB1070

Though the Obama administration would surely have preferred that the US Supreme Court decline to rule on the legality of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, thus leaving the federal appeals court rule striking down the most significant portions of the law as the defining word, it’s likely best that the SCOTUS put the issue to rest…

Another “Show Me Your Papers” State

Another “Show Me Your Papers” State

  Another Arizona? South Carolina police will now employ their “reasonable suspicion” to determine if a person is in their state illegally. Unless a person is observed climbing a border fence or otherwise illegally entering the country, how the hell can anyone have a “reasonable suspicion” the person is in South Carolina (or Arizona, or…

Oakland Museum of California Opening Gallery Featuring Two of My Images

Oakland Museum of California Opening Gallery Featuring Two of My Images

I’m humbled that for the second time in my career a museum has included my images in a permanent gallery. The Oakland Museum of California, an innovative museum that houses the largest and most comprehensive collection from famed documentary photographer Dorothea Lange, is set to officially open their renovated California History gallery after over a…

Immigrant Scapegoating: Must be Election Season

Immigrant Scapegoating: Must be Election Season

You know it’s campaign season when immigration shoots to the top of the news. Every politician has their list of talking points and immigration is always amongst them. Unfortunately, as is the case with most politicians, spinning the facts to fit their perspective is more prevalent than simply speaking the truth. The last few days…

Photoshelter Interviews Me About Secrets to Successful Photo Projects

Thanks to Photoshelter for asking me to talk about factors that help in creating a successful photo project which you can see below. The topic is important for any photographer but, in my humble opinion, particularly relevant to aspiring and emerging photojournalists. It’s meant as a guide of sorts and certainly not written in stone….

Rick Perry was Right in My View from the Left

Rick Perry was Right in My View from the Left

Lord have mercy on my soul, because I’m about to say something that I might really regret: Ahem, cough, cough, aahhhemmmm……Is this thing on? Okay, here we go…..Folks, I agree with Rick Perry! There, I said it. Felt like I was spittin’ up a Penn Station rat, but I got it out. Now, what on…

State Immigration Laws Will Leave Farmers in a Bind

The Los Angeles Times published a editorial today that effectively pointed out the hypocrisy of states taking a tough stance on immigration by enacting laws to deter undocumented migrants from living in the state. States that rely heavily on agriculture, like Georgia, Alabama, Florida and California, also rely heavily on the immigrant workforce to harvest…

Licensing: It’s Just Like Going to Ruth Chris Steakhouse

Licensing: It’s Just Like Going to Ruth Chris Steakhouse

A friend of mine and I were laughing the other night when we started talking about the similar requests we get. Corrado does beautiful retouching in Photoshop for high end clients and I shoot images for a variety of publications and eventually license those images to others on an as needed basis. We both receive…

Security and the Right to Photograph

Security and the Right to Photograph

Rather good timing for this refresher from the ACLU. Many of my students at Cal State University, Northridge and UCLA ask questions about where they can legally take photographs. My standard response is that if you are photographing from a public location and shooting images easily seen from such a location, then you’re good. One…