How does a photographer make enough money to fund significant works throughout a full, 30-year career?
Significant bodies of work happen because photographers have the opportunity to produce over long periods of time. They have a career where they refine and develop their craft, where they get to look at things critically and get to hone whatever their style and message. If you look at the cost over that period of time, you have to have some sort of revenue stream coming in. It can’t just be the credit card. It can’t just be the loan, or this idea that somewhere down the road, you’re going to be discovered and it’s going to make everything OK.
I learn a lot about a person by looking at a photographer’s raw takes. One aspect is how they approach a scene. I remember taking a personality test years ago for a job interview, and one of the questions asked how you approach a problem, presented as a barrier in the road. The choices were to turn around to avoid the barrier, drive around the barrier, plow through it or get out of your car, examine the barrier and then move it - imagine all the variations of those choices.
Photographers approach their subjects in a similar range of ways. Everyone has a rhythm to the beat of their picture taking.
'I’m not interested in playing the ‘concerned’ moral crusader by ramming violent images in people’s faces, but that doesn’t mean the world shouldn’t have access to them. Images don’t need ‘intelligent’ aesthetics to convey their message - again, think of the Falling Man – but they can benefit from them'
As it says in the tagline, photojournalists are assholes. If you’re following this site, hopefully you realize that in actuality, photojournalists are passionate, driven people who just happen to have a lot of hang ups.