Photography news in the headlines this week: A filmmaker mobilizes a love army for Las Vegas, the domination of behind-the-scenes photos and up close with Indonesia’s “unlikely shutterbug.” Plus, we have new Guest Editors for you to meet! Read on and let’s get to discussing.

1. Creative community rallies for Las Vegas

Filmmaker and YouTube vlogger Casey Neistat started a GoFundMe this week to benefit the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, in part to combat the helplessness that so many felt in the aftermath of the terrorist attack, dubbing it the “Love Army.” The fund has risen to more than $280,000 as of this writing. Casey also monetized the YouTube videos announcing the fundraiser, the revenue from which will also be donated to victim relief.

Watch the update video below, and visit the below fundraisers to help support the victims and families affected by the Las Vegas attack.

GoFundMe: Love Army for Las Vegas

2. Are behind-the-scenes photos more valuable than the final product?

The photography world isn’t hurting for curated images, and with the advent of social media, they’ve almost become the norm. But for all the perfect images, there’s an equally-prevalent hunger for “authenticity” — one that’s evident in the popularity of behind-the-scenes shots.

A new op-ed from FStoppers argues that BTS images, which “tether a sense of personality to the work”, have become even more prized than a photoshoot’s final product.

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What do you think? Have BTS photos become more valuable than “staged” ones? Or are they just a faddish by-product of the age of information? Love ‘em, or hate ‘em? Let us know in the comments!

Source: FStoppers

3. Von Wong takes on gravity in his latest challenge

What would you do if you could walk on air? Montreal photographer Benjamin Von Wong was challenged by Nike to capture the feeling in a promotion for the brand’s new line, but turned it into a stunt photoshoot, showcasing “social entrepreneurs” defying gravity. Unsurprisingly, the resulting photos (shot on the side of a skyscraper in the Philippines) are pretty spectacular.

Check out Benjamin’s blog for more.

Walking on air by Benjamin Von Wong on

Source: Von Wong

4. Meet “Indonesia’s unlikely shutterbug”

Creativity doesn’t discriminate, but the same can’t be said for humans — which is why stories like Achmad Zulkarnain’s are so important. Al Jazeera profiled Indonesia’s most “unlikely shutterbug” this week. Despite being born without hands and feet, Achmad (a.k.a. Dzoel) has built a career as a photographer, finding alternatives for holding the camera, pushing the shutter and more. But his determination (no matter how admirable) isn’t what Dzoel wants you to remember: it’s his photos.

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“I don’t want people to see my pictures and think of who I am,” Dzoel says in the video below. “I just want them to see my creativity.”

Source: Al Jazeera English

5. Highlights from Editor’s Choice

We have two new Guest Editors! Get to know Antonett Ewan and Austin Neill in the interview on ISO, here. Here’s a look at our favorites from the photos curated by our new Guest Editors and 500px photo editors this week on Editors’ Choice.

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