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Study Claims Photographers Get Asked for Free Work Because Everyone Knows They Love Their Job

By June 9, 2019Current News

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[by Jack Alexander]

It’s no secret that photographers suffer through the constant expectation of free or cheap work. And now, a new study suggests that the reason for it is because we love our jobs, in what scientists are calling “passion exploitation.”

Professor Aaron Kay and Ph.D student Jay Kim at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business are the brains behind the recently published paper, called “Understanding Contemporary Forms of Exploitation: Attributions of Passion Serve to Legitimize the Poor Treatment of Workers.” The research has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

The conclusion drawn was that general public feel more comfortable exploiting workers of a trade if those workers are passionate about what they do.

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