Hurricane Sandy Decimates Staten Island
After Hurricane Sandy tore through Natalie Licini’s hometown of Staten Island, the
photographer felt compelled to blog, in words and pictures, about the utter devastation left behind.
“The hurricane that hit my hometown on October 29th shut down Staten Island,”
Licini, one part of the creative duo Je Revele (with Cate Scaglione), wrote on her blog.
“Half of our community of 400,000 people lost power. Schools were closed for the
entire week. The stock exchange was closed for two days, which was the first time
She continued: “I was born and raised on Staten Island. I live in Westerleigh with
my husband and two daughters, closer to the North shore of the island. I happened
to live in an area that is a few hundred feet above sea level. We were okay. My fam-
ily lost power, but a mere three miles away in the Midland Beach area, the loss our
South shore suffered was absolutely heart wrenching. So far the death toll in NYC is
41, with 19 deaths from Staten Island. HALF!”
Licini, along with family and friends, spent the ensuing week doing whatever they
could to help, along with the support and generous donations from friends around
the world who rallied around them to aid in the recovery of Staten Island, one of the
hardest hit regions of New York. Read more at:
PHOTOS © NATALIE LICINI/JE REVELE
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A Victory for Canadian Photographers
Canadian photographers now officially own the copyright to all of their work, whether
the photograph is commissioned or not, thanks to the country’s new copyright law.
According to a press release issued by Melissa Welsh Photography, president of the
Professional Photographers of Canada-British Columbia: “In Canada, all other artists
have already owned the copyrights to their work and thanks to this new law, Canadian
photographers, albeit the last in the industrialized world, now have all legal rights to
Welsh writes that, “The principle of protecting photographers’ ownership rights
started 65 years ago by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who founded Magnum with Robert
Capa and David Seymour. Magnum assured that a photographer’s image belonged to
herself or himself and not to the person or firm who commissioned the work.”
According to her, “PPOC and CAPIC have been working towards this monumental
achievement in Canada for more than 25 years through lobbying efforts and could not
have achieved this truly important mission without the support of its members, who have
contributed financially, morally and offered countless volunteer hours towards this effort.”