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!