The leaves have started to change. They drop – yellow, red, brown and some green – as the wind kicks up once in a while, or the rain yanks them off branches. But no, despite the weather cooling off considerably in the last few weeks, I am not talking about the climate as we know it. I am referring to the current sorry state of the photography industry. It’s abysmal with no positive change in sight.
Through the National Press Photographers Association’s list serv I received this in my in-box. It made my blood boil. When a photographer has to resort to washing dishes and placing himself on an auction block, I have to wonder why we even bother pursuing stories and documenting the lives of people around the world. Is it some sort of crime to try and make a living at what we love to do? For those who are freelancing, my heart really goes out to you. Making a fair wage should be our Right. And I do mean that with a capital R.
If there is thin lining to this cloud, it’s the valiant work of people at Editorial Photographers. If you are in New York City on October 30 check out a brutally frank discussion about the state of affairs of the editorial photo industry. I trust that you will learn something new, be inspired or come to a decision that is far from ideal. For more information, please click on the link below. The war against photographers can be fought, not individually, but together!
Editorial Photographers’ OutreachEP program, the Advertising Photographers of America, and the law firm of Greenberg & Reicher are pleased to announce the following inspiring and eye-opening panel
event, just added for Thursday night, October 30, 6:30-8pm during Photo Plus Expo at the Javits Convention Ctr. in NYC, room #1E15.
We thank Calumet Photographic http://www.calumetphoto.com for their generous support in helping make this event FREE and open to all:
THE WAR AGAINST PHOTOGRAPHERS
. . . yes it’s being lost, but there’s money to be made in the mop-up. Join high profile New York attorney Ed Greenberg and a distinguished panel of experts for lively discussion and tips on how to aggressively
protect your interests when everyone else is actively trying to exploit your work.
Panelists, including former APA President Jeff Sedlik, current Editorial Photographers V.P. Paula Lerner, Los Angeles-based advertising and editorial shooter Michael Grecco, former ASMP Exec. Director Arie Kopelman, and attorney Erica Galinski, will highlight the assault by media companies and other large photo buyers on the rights of independent creatives and offer suggestions on how we can negotiate
this minefield and win.
Ed warns this discussion is not for the faint of heart — be prepared for some harsh realities. Those with weak hearts or wavering commitment to their profession are advised to do a gut check before
attending. Jointly brought to you by Editorial Photographers’ OutreachEP Program, the Advertising Photographers of America, and the law firm of Greenberg & Reicher, LLP, with generous support from
“Photographers Mentoring Photographers”