See Haunting Photos of NYPD Surveillance Helicopters Above the Eric Garner Protests

Police presence is evident in the air, as well as on the ground

On Thursday, photographer Kevin Kunstadt joined the New York City protests against the grand jury decision not to charge a white NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner.

While most photographers focused their lenses on the protesters themselves, Kunstadt turned his towards the sky. He used his experience photographing airplane trails, using 20-30 second exposures, to capture the abundance of police and news helicopters above the protests — illuminating the constant surveillance.

“There was a sense of almost joyous rebellion,” Kunstadt tells TIME, “and irreverence for authority, police, and the status quo. I didn’t feel the same sadness as last week’s protests [for Michael Brown], but it was still quite emotional and beautiful to see everyone coming together.”

Protests against the police killings of Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. continue throughout the country. Kunstadt understands that the act of protesting often requires a police presence, but he finds “something especially ominous” about the aerial surveillance.

“Nevertheless,” he says, “there is an inherent power in turning the gaze of the surveiller back on them, enacting surveillance of the surveillance.”

TIME technology

No, Facebook Is Not Planning to Sell Your Images

Facebook Privacy Policy
Jeff Chiu—AP In this Wednesday, June 11, 2014 photo, a man walks past a sign in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif.

Photographers -- amateurs and professionals alike -- are concerned about a notice of Facebook's supposed privacy changes

After Facebook publicized its intentions to simplify its privacy policy starting in January, a growing number of users have opposed the changes by sharing a private note on their accounts that purports to protect their ownership of their information and photographs.

The notice, which has been circulating for more than two years, typically reads: “On this date, in response to new guidelines on Facebook, pursuant to articles l. 111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are connected to all of my personal data drawings, paintings, pictures, texts, music, etc… Posted on my profile, before this date, now and forever. My consent is necessary for commercial use of what is stated previously is required at all times.”

That message, however, is useless, argues Mickey Osterreicher, General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). “That message pops up from time to time, and we try to tell people that posting it doesn’t do anything,” he says. “People really don’t understand copyright, and that’s a problem.”

The latest wave of posts came within hours of Facebook emailing its users its privacy changes, with many photographers — amateurs and professionals alike — arguing that the social network could start commercializing their images.

They are wrong, says Matt Steinfeld, Facebook’s Privacy Communications Manager. “The passage in our terms of service that covers your information and your content has not changed,” he tells TIME. “We can’t sell property that we don’t have. You own the things you share on Facebook.”

By signing up to the social media site, users agree to grant Facebook “a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook.” This license, however, ends “when you delete your [Intellectual Property] content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.”

Steinfeld argues that this license is required to allow Facebook to show that particular content on its platform. “But we can’t turn around and sell [it] without your knowledge or permission,” he adds.

“The issue is that the word ‘use’ is a vague and broad term. It could mean just about anything,” says Osterreicher. “In this case, [this license] only grants Facebook the right to use your content, so it might be hard for a third party to use your images. But it still opens the question of what Facebook plans to use that intellectual property for.”

Facebook, however, has gotten used to this perceived uncertainty, which regularly drives users to debate the social site’s commercial intentions.

“I think people are rightly interested in making sure that they have ownership and control over the things they are sharing,” Steinfeld adds. “When people see things [that allude to the fact] that it might not be the case, they are understandably worried. But, the fact of the matter is that it’s pretty clear-cut. There’s no question that people own the things they share on Facebook.”

TIME Burma

Burma Counts Down to Elections But Democracy Remains a Distant Dream

Adam Dean's photos capture a still impoverished Burma as it stumbles through democratic transition, and ethnic strife, one year before landmark polls

In late October or early November next year Burma will go to the polls. However, the nation, officially now known as Myanmar, remains a long way from realizing true democracy.

Nobel Peace Price winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent 15 years under house arrest since returning to her homeland in 1988, was elected to parliament in April 2012, but remains constitutionally barred from becoming president.

In shunning the pro-democracy icon, Burma’s indomitable military demonstrates that it continues to influence all aspects of life.

The easing of Western economic sanctions has seen Burma’s long-cloistered economy pried open — cellphones and ATMs are now commonplace — but reform has largely been confined to sectors that benefit the generals and their cronies.

In ethnic border regions, rebel groups continue to battle the Burmese Army for greater autonomy, despite a raft of peace deals. Human rights abuses continue unabated; some advocacy groups say they have even increased.

In Burma’s western Rakhine State, the much-maligned Rohingya Muslim minority faces strict curbs on marriage, movement, population growth and education. Over 100,000 of this wretched community fester in squalid ghettos following pogroms by radical Buddhists. Access to food and healthcare is severely limited.

For them, as will the 60% of Burma’s 53 million population who continue to struggle in dire poverty, reforms have so far promised much but delivered little. For the past two years, photographer Adam Dean has been documenting Burma’s stumbling transition.

TIME celebrity

These Photos Show Taylor Swift Experiencing the Full Range of Human Emotion at a Knicks Game

Euphoria! Shock! Confusion!

It’s been a busy week for Taylor Swift, but she managed to make time to attend a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden Wednesday evening with her bestie, supermodel Karlie Kloss. (Maybe it was actually part of her new job as New York City’s Tourism Ambassador. Unclear.)

What we do know is that Tay — who sat next to Ben Stiller and his son — really seemed to experience the full range of human emotion while attending the game, making for an emotionally rich game-watching experience. Take a look.


Celebrities Attend The Chicago Bulls Vs New York Knicks Game - October 29, 2014
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Celebrities Attend The Chicago Bulls Vs New York Knicks Game - October 29, 2014
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Celebrities Attend The Chicago Bulls Vs New York Knicks Game - October 29, 2014
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Celebrities Attend The Chicago Bulls Vs New York Knicks Game - October 29, 2014
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Celebrities Attend The Chicago Bulls Vs New York Knicks Game - October 29, 2014
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Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks
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And more euphoria:

Celebrities Attend The Chicago Bulls Vs New York Knicks Game - October 29, 2014
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TIME Bizarre

The 32 Most Surprising Photos of the Month

From the return of Kim Jong Un to spooky Halloween traditions, TIME shares the most outrageous and intriguing images from October 2014

TIME Internet

29 Colorful Instagrams That Perfectly Capture the Essence of Fall

So much foliage.

Isn’t there something so magical about fall, something that just makes you want to sip a pumpkin spice latte in a meadow? Though many regions are still a few weeks away from Peak Leaf, plenty of deep reds, bright yellows and vivid oranges have already popped up around the world. And, of course, dedicated photographers have made sure to document these changing colors on Instagram using the hashtag #foliage.

Here, a look at some of the best #foliage photos we’ve seen so far. (Note: we did not account for the fact that some of these photos are heavily filtered. Nature is incredible, yes, but keep in mind that sometimes nature is even more incredible when you really up the contrast.)

Beautiful day. #cemetery #foliage #newengland

A photo posted by @littlegreenghouls_ on

Fall series 2014 #fall #autumn #foliage #trees #Gettysburg #GettysburgCollege #campus #college

A photo posted by hakim mohandas amani williams (@drhakimwill) on

#fall #foliage #newengland

A photo posted by Chuck Amaru (@csamaru) on

Good bye #Aspen it's been #amazing I ❤️Aspen , till next time #AspenTrees #colorado

A photo posted by Art Abenoza (@artabenoza) on

You say #fall, I say #autumn. 🍁🍂

A photo posted by Laissez Fare (@laissezfare) on

Perfect fall day🍂🍃🍁 #fall #fallfoliage #leaves #trees #autumn #nature #foliage #landscape

A photo posted by Dorothee (@no9.dream) on

Stunnah! Took the afternoon to hike Mt. Agamenticus and boy is it gorgeous! 🍁👍🍂#foliage #hiking #yorkmaine #fall #207 #woohoo!

A photo posted by Seacoast 💙 NH + ME (@seacoasttourguide) on

I found it that way. Not that it matters.

A photo posted by Mariah (@caprimariah) on

Fall foliage

A photo posted by Halvard (@frequenttraveler) on

Fall Colors

A photo posted by Michael Bleggi (@able1707) on

www.jamespettitphotography.com Acadia Photography Workshop #acadia #maine #fall #jamespettitphotography #ANP #coastalmaine #foliage #nationalpark #seascape #bassharbor #lighthouse #birch #trail #ocean #downeast #jamespettitphotography From 1915 to 1933, the wealthy philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. financed, designed, and directed the construction of a network of carriage trails throughout the park. He sponsored the landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, with the nearby family summer home Reef Point Estate, to design the planting plans for the subtle carriage roads at the Park (c.1930).[9] The network encompassed over 50 miles (80 km) of gravel carriage trails, 17 granite bridges, and two gate lodges, almost all of which are still maintained and in use today. Cut granite stones placed along the edges of the carriage roads act as guard rails of sort and are locally known as "coping stones" to help visitors cope with the steep edges. They are also fondly called "Rockefeller's teeth".

A photo posted by James Pettit Photography (@jimpettit) on


A photo posted by Krystal Elizabeth (@livelikeawarrior17) on

The colorful side of Autumn ❤️

A photo posted by Christina (@mrsberryde) on

Ricker Hill Orchard: Turner, ME.

A photo posted by Alexa King Photography (@alexakingphoto) on

Dogs love Autumn. #golden #retriever #fall #foliage #outdoors #color #dogsofIG

A photo posted by @reganmatthews on

1) Autumn Leaves – It was gorgeous hiking in the North Cascades today! #pnwscavengerhunt

A photo posted by Spenser (@brambleman) on

Looking up!

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TIME White House

13 of JFK’s Wedding Negatives Have Been Auctioned for $37,000

Wedding Of John F. Kennedy And Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
Charles F. McCormick—Boston Globe/Getty Images John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy outside St. Mary's Church in Newport, R.I., after their wedding on Sept. 12, 1953

The images, depicting the newlyweds and the wedding party, were reportedly taken by photographer Frank Ataman

Thirteen original negatives of photographs taken at John F. Kennedy’s wedding were auctioned off on Wednesday for a sum of $37,073.

Boston-based RR Auction said the negatives, which have probably never been published, were sold to a Las Vegas doctor who chose to remain anonymous.

The images show Kennedy and his new bride, Jacqueline Bouvier, cutting their wedding cake and leaving the church, and a couple of others show the entire wedding party posing outside, the Associated Press reported.

The wedding took place on Sept. 12, 1953, in Newport, R.I., and was attended by nearly 2,000 people. Kennedy was still in his first term as a U.S. Senator, and wouldn’t go on to become President until more than seven years later.

According to RR Auction, the images were taken by freelance photographer Frank Ataman, although the negatives were found in another photographer’s darkroom.

Other items related to the Kennedys sold on Wednesday included a holiday card signed by the couple just days before the President’s November 1963 assassination. It fetched $19,500.


TIME Interview

Meet Harlem’s ‘Official’ Street Photographer

Khalik Allah, a 29-year-old filmmaker and photographer who documents the streets of Harlem at night, has been photographing the corner of 125th and Lexington since 2012; armed with little more than a manual camera and a few rolls of film.

Street photography can often be a daunting or awkward experience – especially when you’re trying to photograph people who might be skeptical of what you are doing and why. However, for this street artist, photography is an immersive experience where he has built hundreds of relationships with members of the community.

One of the methods Allah uses to gain access to the lives of so many people is to show them a book of his past photographs, a technique learned from one of his influencers, photographer Bruce Davidson.

“Carrying a book of 4×6 prints for people to see has given me entry [in the lives] of some of the most hardcore people in the world. They can relate to that,” Allah says. “That helped me build a tighter bond with the community.”

Once given permission, the Harlem-based photographer will often tell his subjects to picture something meaningful while posing for a portrait. “I’ll tell a person that I stop in the street to think about something that they went through in their life that was difficult and project that through their eyes,” says Allah, who describes himself as a spiritual photographer tasked with helping people heal through photography.

“I tell people that my camera is a healing mechanism,” Allah says. “Let me photograph it and take it away from you.”

Khalik Allah is street photographer based in Harlem, N.Y.

Adam Glanzman is a contributor to TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter @glanzpiece


TIME North Korea

How North Korea’s Government Wants You To See Kim Jong Un

The image of the Dear Leader is tightly controlled by North Korean government's Korean Central News Agency, which has fashioned a sunny disposition for the country's mysterious leader. Kim has dropped out of view in recent weeks as many speculate about his health.

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