How Photography Changed US Law & A Warning From Fujifilm

04 July 2019

SIG: Analogue


This post features two stories: One, a micro-documentary from Vox Darkroom exploring photography’s effect on American legislation, and two, Fujifilm released a statement to film-buyers.


Photography as a recording tool has long been considered an excellent vehicle for exposing social injustices, war crimes and humanitarian disasters, and this micro-documentary from Vox investigates this topic further by exploring the effect photojournalism had on changing US child labour laws. In the 1900s roughly 1.7 million children (under 16 years of age) were employed in mills, factories, canneries, farms and mines. Lewis Wickes Hine was commissioned by the National Child Labor Committee to photograph and interview children working in these conditions and publish the findings. The public reception to the images was so strong that state legislators were urged to regulate underage labour and, ultimately, bring an end to child labour in the states. View the 6+ minute video here and below:




Fujifilm is one of the most popular film suppliers in the world and, as such, are vulnerable to copycats. In a warning issued last week, Fujifilm has released a statement warning customers about counterfeit 35mm Fujifilm products illegally using the Fujifilm logo. The particular roll that was brought to Fujifilm’s attention (a ’250D’ roll) was actually a movie film, which requires different negative processing and, if processed with standard 35mm film, could ruin other rolls in the same batch. 250D isn’t the only roll that has seen to have fake reproductions, 64D, 250T and 500T have also been counterfeited. View the counterfeit films and read the statement at Fujifilm’s press page here.  




- Amy-Fern Nuttall  



Image copyright © Lewis Wickes Hines