Friday, March 27, 2009
Stephen Mallon's Flight 1549_US Airways and Insurer AIG
Remember these recovery photos of US Airways flight 1549 shot by photographer Stephen Mallon? Scroll to my post dated Monday, February 9, 2009. It seems that US Airways and AIG, who insures US Airways, yes... that AIG, does not want these photos shown, at all, ever and no one seems to be able to figure out why. Mallon was hired by Weeks Marine to photograph the full recovery of the plane from the Hudson River and had full access to the plane and the blessing from the NTSB and US Airways. After posting them on his web site the NTSB said he could not post them, so he took them down, then two weeks later released them and said he may post them. Recently he got a letter from a law firm, directed to him from insurance company AIG asserting that Mallon has no rights to the recovery photos. This story seems to be still in the development stages and I expect we will be seeing more about this in the photography world. Read more of this story at the Online Photographer, HERE. See Stephen Mallon's site HERE.