Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Blame Game: Are We the Problem?

Over the last few months I've noticed a markedly sharp uptick in open frustration by photojournalists on the photojournalism posting board, Lightstalkers. The commentary has lowered to the level of exchanging insults and threats. This is a real blight on our industry. If you haven't seen them yet, examples can be found here and here and I'm sure there are others. We're all feeling the pressure of the perfect storm that is affecting photojournalism today, and many photographers, including long established leaders in the industry seem to have reached their breaking point.

All this pent up frustration has lead to a round of accusations and many of us are looking to finger the blame, but what about our own responsibility in this economic mess? Aren't we a part of the problem as well. If so, let's look for some solutions already!

I will continue to address this issue as I can in the coming weeks, so if you have any ideas or comments, I invite you to share them here.

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