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The Truth Behind Why You Can’t Make Money From Photography

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Scott Choucino] For a lot of us, being a professional photographer is a dream job that isn’t realized. Even for those of us who do make a living from it, it probably isn’t exactly as we had planned. Following on from Andy Days article, I thought I would add a few of my opinions to the mix. Starting with a full disclosure. I wanted to be a music photographer when I set out….

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Advice to Photographers on Pitching to a Photo Editor

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Joe Klementovich] Sarah Tilotta provides some words of wisdom on pitching to a photo editor. It’s a short video with some gems worth remembering, like being nice. Seems like the world could use a lot more of that. As a freelance photo editor, Sarah Tilotta has worked for NPR and VICE and currently works at CNN International and is based in London. There are a few highlights that really resonated with…

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How Rhinos Changed the Trajectory of Ami Vitale’s Career

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Editor’s Note: To mark the celebration of Earth Day, join us in celebrating Vitale’s work and all member work that celebrates nature and all things environmental. Cross-posted from PhotoShelter Blog [by Caitlyn Edwards] For a long time, Ami Vitale’s dream was to be a war correspondent. After graduating with an International Relations degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, she worked as an Editor at the Associated Press and then moved abroad to pursue journalism, eventually becoming a…

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Behind the Image: Chris Steele-Perkins’ New Londoners

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Cross-posted from Magnum Pro.  “The New Londoners, a project by Burma-born British photographer Chris Steele-Perkins, has been four years in the making – a comprehensive visualization of the rich cultural make-up of families in the British capital. The project has culminated in a book documenting 164 families, collectively hailing from 187 countries – its publication set to chime with Britain’s projected leaving of the EU.” Behind the Image: Chris Steele-Perkins’ New Londoners

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The Daily Edit – Kodachrome: the lab, the article, the movie

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Cross-posted from aPhotoEditor [by Heidi Volpe] For 75 years Dwyane’s photo lab in Parsons, Kansas had been processing Kodachrome film. Its closing in 2010 inspired many photographers to make the trek to the lab back then, and more recently, a Netflix documentary called Kodachrome.  The New York Times published an article in 2010 about the lab’s closing and it sparked the idea for the film. The last roll of Kodachrome 64 was handed to none other than…

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Europe Looks to Remold Internet with New Copyright Rules

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  Cross-posted from apnews.com [by Kelvin Chan] LONDON (AP) — The European Union has approved a copyright overhaul that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and online creativity and punish smaller web companies. Artists, celebrities and tech experts have spoken out both in favor and against the EU directive, which the 28 member states are required to adopt as law and got…

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Ed Westcott, a Singular Eye at the Dawn of the Atomic Age, Dies at 97

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  Editor’s Note: Ed Westcott was a 2018 Presidential Medal of Freedom nominee and an ASMP Honorary Member. His son, Jim Westcott, is an ASMP Professional Member based in Hermitage, Tennessee. Cross-posted from nytimes.com [by Richard Sandomir] Ed Westcott, a photographer who documented life in Oak Ridge, Tenn., the secret city where uranium was enriched as part of the Manhattan Project to develop the atom bomb during World War II, died on March 29 at…

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Gagarin

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Cross-posted from LensCulture [by Sophie Wright] On the 12th of April, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person to fly to space. The Soviet cosmonaut made history, orbiting the earth aboard the Vostok 1 on a 108-minute adventure. A milestone in the Space Race between the United States and Soviet Union, Gagarin became a cult figure and a shining personification of Soviet achievement. The famous figure’s life was tragically cut short when his plane crashed…

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Pricing & Negotiating: Headshots, Stills and Video

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Cross-posted from aPhotoEditor [by Craig Oppenheimer, Wonderful Machine] Concept: Corporate headshots of 50 employees Licensing: Unlimited use of all content captured in perpetuity Photographer: Portraiture specialist Agency: Large, based in the Northeast Client: Pharmaceutical company Here is the estimate: Creative/Licensing Fees: At first, the project seemed rather straightforward. The request was to capture about 50 employee headshots against a solid background on one shoot day. While 50 people would be a lot to cram into one day, the client was in charge…

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Newly Recovered Photos of Beirut in the 80’s Just Unveiled

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Cross-posted from The961 [by Maryam Srour] Our wonderous country is buzzing with art and beauty. As a nation, we have been through a lot, and we don’t hide it. Rather than shying away from our past, we embrace it and constantly search for ways to divert from repeating its course. One way we do that is by taking trips down memory lane to the war-era. Newly recovered photographs of Beirut circa 1982 showcase the essence…

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Santa Fe Workshops’ Interview: Kwaku Alston

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Cross-posted from santafeworkshops.com Kwaku Alston has photographed some of the most famous faces in the world, from Hollywood luminaries like Jamie Lee Curtis and Denzel Washington to sports stars such as LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as President Barack Obama. A veteran advertising photographer, Kwaku has worked for clients including Coca-Cola, i.am+ BUTTONS, and the History Channel. His personal lifestyle photography projects include the series “Fatherhood,” inspired by the birth of his first…

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Freelance Isn’t Free Helped This Freelancer Break a Creative Agency’s Cycle of Chronic Nonpayment

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How a Manhattan creative agency with a history of nonpayment learned that Freelance Isn’t Free. Cross-posted from Freelancers Union When I freelanced for a creative agency in Manhattan, everything appeared to have gone smoothly. The owner of the agency was approachable and collaborative, and loved my work — which was as leading Creative Director on a pitch project. I maintained a good relationship with them and was sure I would be back. But everything went…

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