ASMP San Diego: Talking Business

ASMP San Diego: Talking Business

Join me at ASMP San Diego for a three hour talk about contracts, licensing and combating infringement. A condensed version of one of the most important sections of my full Business of Photography Workshop, we will scrutinize real (redacted) contracts from magazines, newspapers and non-profits that I’ve received during my twenty-five years of freelancing. We…

Coast Guard Death after Pursuing Undocumented Migrants at Sea in California

Coast Guard Death after Pursuing Undocumented Migrants at Sea in California

  Desperation added to desire can be a combustible mix. It might result in success, but it often results in catastrophe. People driven to desperate measures simply don’t give up, and that is so evident in the decades long struggle to control illegal immigration from Mexico to California. There are those who have spent more…

Veterans

The stuttering is what caught my attention. He was a tall, rugged looking guy who had no outward signs of trauma or disability. The kind of guy who you’d strike up a conversation about football or latest UFC fight. But he had trouble getting his words out. They wanted to come out, and I’m sure…

Shoot the Obvious Too

Shoot the Obvious Too

Not a day goes by without the economy dominating the news and infiltrating our lives. Banks scheme for new ways to screw the taxpayer who bailed them out of certain demise while the Obama administration pushes its jobs initiative with a full frontal assault. The GOP, who, lest we forget, was at the ship’s helm…

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…

My Time with US/Mexico Border Rancher Robert Maupin

My Time with US/Mexico Border Rancher Robert Maupin

(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 Please do not publish or share without written permission from Todd Bigelow and/or his licensing agents.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.) The Los Angeles Times profiled a US/Mexico border rancher today on the top of the front page….

1200 Troops to US/Mexico Border

1200 Troops to US/Mexico Border

President Obama put immigration back on the front burner by announcing today that he’s sending 1200 National Guard troops to the US/Mexico border in an effort to stem drug and migrant smuggling. Coming weeks after Arizona forced the administration’s hand by implementing a racially charged law requiring all immigrants to carry papers proving they’re in…

Vigilantes on the US/Mexico Border

Vigilantes on the US/Mexico Border

(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.) Story on NPR’s site today tells the tale of the increasing violence along the US/Mexico border as…

A Mobile App for Migrants

A Mobile App for Migrants

I’ve spent a lot of time along the US/Mexico border, photographing in towns dotting the 2000 mile boundary from Eagle Pass, Texas to Imperial Beach, CA and places in between. Places where the desert meets the mountains, where sand and scrub brush can bake a body in hours during the summer or freeze it in…

More Migrants Try to Enter US by Sea

Authorities again detained a boat off the San Diego coast that carried 23 suspected undocumented immigrants early Friday, Feb 5th, according to the Los Angeles Times. The boat was intercepted by a Coast Guard cutter on patrol nearly seven miles from land. In mid January another boat capsized while trying to come ashore at Torrey…