Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Nothing New Here

Today's New York Times features an article entitled Photographers, the Image of Shrinking Pathh. According to author the perfect storm that provoked this mess was "the advertising downturn, the popularity and accessibility of digital photography, and changes in the stock-photo market."

They also take a shot at amateur photographers. “People that don’t have to make a living from photography and do it as a hobby don’t feel the need to charge a reasonable rate,” Mr. Eich said.

My take is that this is an oversimplifcation of the problems within the profession. Especially the casting of blame on amateurs. The truth is that a lot of professionals, especially young professionals are the ones who are typically afraid to negotiate with photo editors and accepting the $200 a day assignments. If they don't value their time, who will?

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