ACTA – mai rea decat SOPA – update

Daca ai urmarit clipurile si ai inteles despre ce este vorba, trimite un mail europarlamentarilor romani care te reprezinta, in care iti exprimi dezacordul fata de votarea acestei legi:


De exemplu, Dorin a scris asa:

” Stimate euro-parlamentar,
Prin prezenta vă informez, ca cetățean al României și ca cetățean al Uniunii Europene, de opțiunea mea în legătură cu legea ACTA, care va fi supusă în curînd la votul parlamentului european. Această lege va avea ca efect restrîngerea drepturilor mele și a concetățenilor mei de a accesa rețeaua Internet și de a schimba liber informații și opinii. Drepturile mele la exprimare vor fi puternic restrînse și, dacă ACTA va fi votată, chiar și drepturile dumneavoastră de expresie din punct de vedere politic vor putea fi încălcate din cauza acestei legi. ISP-urile (firmele care dau Internet) vor fi obligate să acționeze ca o veritabilă Securitate comunistă.
De aceea, vă rog să votați contra adoptării legii ACTA în Parlamentul European,
Vă mulțumesc,

UPDATE 27.ian.2012

La emailul de mai sus, raspunsul dnei. Renate Weber – deputata in Parlamentul European (PNL, ALDE), a fost:

Bruxelles, 27 ianuarie 2012



“Am fost si sunt in favoarea libertatii internetului!”


Referitor la Acordul comercial de combatere a contrafacerii (ACTA), am vazut ca circula pe internet si, mai nou, chiar in presa, o asa-zisa lista a europarlamentarilor care ar fi votat in favoarea acestui acord.

In primul rand, tratatul ca atare abia urmeaza sa ajunga in Parlamentul European in luna mai, la Comisia de comert international si dupa aceea in plen, pentru a fi supus votului.
Ceea ce am votat insa, in noiembrie 2010, a fost o rezolutie[1] pe care am si co-initiat-o, in numele grupului ALDE, cu privire la ACTA, in care ne exprimam ingrijorarea cu privire la continutul acordului si ceream Comisiei Europene sa prezinte o evaluare completa a consecintelor acordului inaintea semnarii acestuia de catre statele membre.

Cei care au votat in favoarea rezolutiei sunt cei ingrijorati de prevederile ACTA. Cei care au votat impotriva rezolutiei sunt cei care accepta orice sanctiune in internet fara  sa cracneasca.

Rezolutia din noiembrie 2010 e urmare a faptului ca tot in 2010 am semnat, alaturi de alti 392 de colegi eurodeputati, o declaratie scrisa[2] care a fost si adoptata de Parlamentul European, “privind lipsa unui proces transparent si continutul potential controversat” al ACTA. Si, de asemenea, am fost alaturi de colegii mei din ALDE, de specialisti din IT si de profesori de drept care urmaresc acest subiect de ani de zile, la dezbateri[3] si seminarii in care s-a exprimat profunda ingrijorare fata de continutul si consecintele ACTA.

Nu mi-am schimbat punctul de vedere din 2010 si pana acum. Si, in mod constant, de cand am fost aleasa in Parlamentul European, in diferitele rapoarte si rezolutii care au fost votate, am fost si sunt in favoarea libertatii internetului.

Renate Weber

     Deputata in Parlamentul European (PNL, ALDE)

Pentru informatii suplimentare: Mirela Rus, Press Officer, presa[at]

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Best Photo Books of 2011 – Retrospective chapter

Retrospective chapter

New volumes offer updated views of past masterpieces


Polaroids, by Helmut Newton $37.79

Polaroids occupy a special place in the hearts of many photo enthusiasts who remember a time when “instant photography” meant one-of-a-kind prints that developed within minutes of clicking the shutter. What was once a crucial tool for photographers to test their shots before shooting on film has now become obsolete in the face of digital photography. Luckily for us, legendary photographer Helmut Newton saved his test Polaroids, allowing a privileged and rare chance to see the tests from a selection of his greatest shoots over a period of decades, including many from the TASCHEN titles SUMO, A Gun for Hire, and Work. Selected by his widow, June Newton, from over 300 photos featured at the 2011 exhibition “Helmut Newton Polaroids” at the Museum für Fotografie in Berlin, this collection captures the magic of Helmut Newton photo shoots as only Polaroids can.

Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits, by Glenda Bailey $65

Be a fly on the wall as celebrated fashion photographers cavort with famed models, stylists and designers. 

Dior Couture, by Patrick Demarchelier $72.45

This book comprises a portfolio of portraits of over one hundred incredible gowns from the entire era of Christian Dior haute couture, including dresses designed by Dior himself. All of the images were shot by Patrick Demarchelier, known for his exquisite fashion portraits that grace the pages of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and many other magazines.

“…far and away the most gorgeous book on the house…” ~The New York Times

“…this is a book to be coveted and treasured.” ~New York Journal of Books

Brassai in America, by Brassai, Contribution by Agnes de Gouvion Saint-Cyr $32.97

A rare discovery of more than 150 previously unpublished photographs in black and white and in color, from a legendary photographer. Despite strong personal and professional ties in the U.S.–Henry Miller, Harper’s Bazaar’s Carmel Snow, and Edward Steichen, who featured Brassai’s work in many MoMA exhibitions–Brassai remained reticent about travel to the U.S. until 1957 when Holiday magazine offered generous compensation (and artistic freedom) to photograph New York and Louisiana.
From the first symbolic image of this voyage–the Statue of Liberty appearing over the ship’s prow–Brassai came under the spell of America and his photographs innately captured his new perspective. In New York, he was captivated by the graphic skyscrapers and the rhythmic to-ing and fro-ing of the crowds. Unlike his static photographs of Paris–posing prostitutes, embracing lovers, sleeping street people–here he captured sequences of movement–children playing, fashionable women parading by, or the effects of light filtering through the urban architecture.
In Louisiana, he continued to photograph more languorous sequences, but here he reveled in color–the copper skin of sunbathers, the pastel tones of prom dresses, the vibrant neon of amusement park attractions. The New Orleans music halls, nightlife, women, and exotic vegetation recall scenes from 1930s Paris.
This exuberant study of 1950s America offers the reader unprecedented access to Brassai’s work, including previously unpublished color photography.

Magnum Contact Sheets, The Collector’s Edition
(Packaged in a presentation case with a numbered contact sheet) £325.00

An exceptional opportunity to own a piece of Magnum’s history: no more covetable collectables have ever been produced. The Collector’s Edition makes contact with the legendary creativity of some of the most influential photographers of all time.

This special edition consists of a clothbound copy of Magnum Contact Sheets packaged in a presentation case, also containing one 16 x 12” contact sheet selected from a series of 10, with each contact sheet printed in editions of 50. Each contact sheet is numbered, embossed with ‘Magnum Photos Collection’ on the white border, and hand-stamped with the photographer’s copyright on the verso.

All contact sheets have been produced at Magnum’s own print room as archival Giclée prints and to Magnum’s exacting standards.

See all the other contact sheets that come with each edition here

Photographers A-Z, by Hans-Michael Koetzle $43.07

The greatest photographers of the last 100 years

A comprehensive overview of the most influential photographers of the last century and their finest monographs: Arranged alphabetically, this biographical encyclopedia features every major photographer and photographic artist of the 20th century, from the earliest representatives of classical Modernism right up to the immediate present.

Richly illustrated with facsimiles from books and magazines, this book includes all the major photographers of the last hundred years—especially those who have distinguished themselves with important publications or exhibitions, or who have made a significant contribution to the culture of the photographic image. While most of the 400-plus entries feature North American or European photographers, the scope is worldwide, with significant emphasis on the photography of Japan and Latin America, Africa and China.

Photography in Print A-Z focuses on photographic images and culture, but also features photographers working in “applied” areas, whose work goes beyond the merely illustrative, and is regarded as photographic art or is conserved by major museums, such as Julius Shulman, Terry Richardson, Cindy Sherman, and David LaChapelle, etc.

Featured photographers include:

Ansel Adams, Manuel Álvarez-Bravo, Nobuyoshi Araki, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Elmer Batters, Peter Beard, Cecil Beaton, Werner Bischof, Guy Bourdin, Bill Brandt, Robert Capa, William Claxton, Anton Corbijn, Robert Doisneau, William Eggleston, Masahisa Fukase, Nan Goldin, Jean-Paul Goude, John Heartfield, Eikoh Hosoe, George Hoyningen-Huene, Seydou Keïta, William Klein, Nick Knight, Neil Leifer, Peter Lindbergh, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Helmut Newton, Martin Parr, Irving Penn, Pierre et Gilles, Bettina Rheims, Leni Riefenstahl, Sebastião Salgado, Steve Schapiro, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Kishin Shinoyama, Jeanloup Sieff, Lord Snowdon, Bert Stern, Larry Sultan, Mario Testino, Wolfgang

Flip book here

The Iconic Photographs, by Steve McCurry £250

McCurry’s portraits are lavishly printed in a huge 15×20-inch volume, appearing as gallery prints in a bound book.

  • This specially-bound large-format book, is signed and numbered by the photographer and comes with an exclusive print also signed by McCurry
  • The most beautiful of Steve McCurry’s photographs from around the world, including iconic images from Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe
  • Includes his most famous photographs, such as the green-eyed Afghan Girl as well as images from the streets of India, the temples of Angkor in Cambodia and the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet
  • McCurry is one of the most admired and well-represented photojournalists working today, and this special limited edition will be sought after by collectors of his work

The Suffering of Light, by Alex Webb $40.95

In far-flung corners of the globe, Webb captures glimpses of beauty in impoverished lives and stoicism in the face of strife.

The Suffering of Light is the first comprehensive monograph charting the career of acclaimed American photographer Alex Webb. Gathering some of his most iconic images, many of which were taken in the far corners of the earth, this exquisite book brings a fresh perspective to his extensive catalog.

Recognized as a pioneer of American color photography, since the 1970s, Webb has consistently created photographs characterized by intense color and light.

Age of Silver: Encounter with Great Photographers, by John Loengard $45.00

Age of Silver is iconic American photographer John Loengard’s ode to the art form to which he dedicated his life. Loengard, a longtime staff photographer and editor for LIFE magazine and other publications, spent years documenting modern life for the benefit of the American public. Over the years he trained his camera on dignitaries, artists, athletes, intellectuals, blue and whitecollar workers, urban and natural landscapes, man-made objects, and people of all types engaged in the act of living. In Age of Silver, Loengard has focused on of some of the most important photographers of the last half-century, including Annie Leibovitz, Ansel Adams, Man Ray, Richard Avedon, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harry Benson, and many, many others. Loengard caught them at home and in the studio; posed portraits and candid shots of the artists at work and at rest.

YAKUZA : An Intimate Look Inside

After months of painful negotiations, Belgian photographer Anton Kusters spent two years with one of Japan’s most notorious Yakuza gangs. For those unfamiliar with the Yakuza, they are known for their brutality, tattoos and strict code of honor. After gaining exclusive access, Kusters captured never-before-seen moments from their business meetings, bath houses, night clubs, and even funerals.

“893-Yakuza is a personal visual account of the life inside an inaccessible subculture: a traditional Japanese crime family that controls the streets of Kabukicho, in the heart of Tokyo, Japan,” says Kusters.

In 2009, Japan’s National Police Agency estimated that there were 80,900 active Yakuza, whose activities include drug dealing, extortion, illegal gambling and violent turf wars. Bound by a strict and ruthless moral code, the Yakuza are known to cut off the ends of their fingers to prove the sincerity of an apology.

Kusters put all of these incredible experiences into a limited edition book titled Odo Yakuza Tokyo, which quickly sold out. With such a great response, a second edition of the book is set to be released on October 30, 2011. Be sure to check out his website for more information.

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