OWN BEST REP

 

I am really pleased to announce that I am in the process of turning this program into a book project and it will be one in a collection of books based upon my seminars. HOW TO BE YOUR OWN BEST REP will be the first in this series. This will be a comprehensive guide on how to best present yourself and your work. A select group of chapters will be available for individual download purchase. If you’d like to be on my mailing list, please contact me at HOW TO.

Too many photographers, too few reps. What’s a photographer to do?

With or without representation, it’s still your career to manage and control. Many photographers believe that in order to be successful they must have representation. But the landscape is rapidly changing courtesy of the internet and social media. While a good agent can help make a difference, there are no guarantees.

Photographers Stewart Cohen and Glen Wexler, along with Andrea Kaye (VP, Art Production Manager, McCann) will be joining me for a blunt and insightful conversation at Photo Expo on Thursday, October 30th to discuss how to navigate your way through the seemingly daunting task of handling your photography business.

Topics discussed will include: The cost of having an agent, Expectations, How to get meetings, Marketing strategies that may actually work, Understanding negotiation and much more. You will be informed, entertained and will leave wanting more!

This program is geared toward any photographer at any level who wants to have a better grasp on how to run a more effective and efficient business.

For information about Photo Expo and registration, visit HERE

 

 

 

 

 

ATTN: Sun-Times: No one has ever been moved by a moving image.

In a move that can only be defined as disgusting, The Chicago Sun-Times has fired all of its 28 professional photographers opting instead to use freelancers and reporters armed with iPhones. In an effort to improve the company’s standing with its “digitally savvy” readers and a need to transition into more online video, Sun-Times reporters began mandatory iPhone photography basics training . Way to go Sun-Times. Get rid of 28 highly skilled photographers that include a Pulitzer Prize winner who had access to police, fire departments, city officials, etc.,  and in their place turn people who need “photography basics” training into the sources that readers and their “digitally savvy” customers will have to rely upon for visual imagery. So much for quality.

There is a reason reporters are not called photographers. I’m sure some of these reporters have worked alongside those fired photographers for many years. Where is the support? Clearly, solidarity no longer exists.

I cannot imagine that this will turn out well for the Sun-Times. This is a financially unhealthy newspaper  whose imminent demise may come just a bit sooner. At best, this is a stopgap  measure. That will leave Chicago a one paper town and I don’t believe that’s good for anyone.

If I subscribed to the Sun-Times, I would have canceled my subscription upon hearing this news. I wonder though, how many would?

This is a horribly sad occurrence on so many levels.  I am so glad to have been born when I was. I got to see the absolute best of everything and we’re sure as hell not going back.

With or without representation, it’s still your career to manage and control. Now more than ever there are just too many photographers and too few reps. Many photographers believe that in order to be successful they must have representation. However, the landscape is rapidly changing due to the Internet and social media. While a good agent can help make a difference, there are no guarantees. Even with representation, photographers must always take an active part in shaping and maintaining their career.

Creative Consultant Debra Weiss, Senior Art Producer Deb Archambault (Bartle Bogle Hegarty), and Photographers Monica Stevenson and Peter Zander will entertain and inform while discussing the following topics:

The cost of having an agent

Expectations: What’s real, what’s not

Meetings: How to get them and what to do once you have them

Getting the work you want.

Negotiation – pointers to help get you where you want to be

Formulating a career plan

This program is geared toward any photographer who wants to have a better grasp on how to run his/her business more efficiently and effectively.

DATE: Thursday, June 6, 2013

TIME: RECEPTION 6:30 pm – Lite fare and refreshments will be served,

PROGRAM 7 – 10 pm

LOCATION: 31 W. 27th St,   Suite 10C,  New York NY 10001

FEE: $35.00/$45.00 at door

Trade Association Members $25.00/$35.00 at door

Students (Full time in degreed programs at accredited schools only with current ID) $10.00

This program is brought to you at this special rate thanks to generous sponsorship by YODELIST * and all attendees will receive a 15% discount off the cost of a one year YODELIST subscription

REGISTER HERE BY 6PM, WEDNESDAY JUNE 5th FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE ONE YEAR YODELIST STANDARD SUBSCRIPTION

Debra will be a available for a limited number of consultations while in New York. Contact her here to schedule an appointment.

* YODELIST is a new platform for members from all sides of the commercial art world to connect and promote themselves. Their creative contact lists are highly verified and include art buyers, creative teams and the production community in ways that benefit everyone. Building on and improving the former Workbook Directory, YODELIST will offer artists more comprehensive marketing capabilities than ever before, with a solid history that spans 35 years. While YODELIST has sourced Workbook data, it is a separate company.

REGISTER EARLY – SPACE IS LIMITED

Until you came up with your new terms, which are so heinous that even you felt the need to warn us with “Any information you submit to us is at your own risk of loss.”

Houston, we’ve got a problem.

B. License and warranty for your submissions to LinkedIn

You own the information you provide LinkedIn under this Agreement, and may request its deletion at any time, unless you have shared information or content with others and they have not deleted it, or it was copied or stored by other users. Additionally, you grant LinkedIn a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, unlimited, assignable, sublicenseable, fully paid up and royalty-free right to us to copy, prepare derivative works of, improve, distribute, publish, remove, retain, add, process, analyze, use and commercialize, in any way now known or in the future discovered, any information you provide, directly or indirectly to LinkedIn, including, but not limited to, any user generated content, ideas, concepts, techniques and/or data to the services, you submit to LinkedIn, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or to any third parties. Any information you submit to us is at your own risk of loss. By providing information to us, you represent and warrant that you are entitled to submit the information and that the information is accurate, not confidential, and not in violation of any contractual restrictions or other third party rights. It is your responsibility to keep your LinkedIn profile information accurate and updated.

Last week, Adobe announced that they are moving to the Cloud. All of their Creative Suite products including Photoshop will be available via a monthly subscription only cloud based service called Adobe Creative Cloud. Apparently, this is causing a controversy. Some photographers seem to be very annoyed and even outraged that they will have to pay from $20.00 -$50.00 per month for a tool that is a vital component of their businesses. A recent article on photography review.com points out that this will actually be more cost effective. Over on APE, Rob Haggart has posted with a slightly inflammatory title “Does Adobe’s Sudden Shift to Subscription Only Unnecessarily Screw Photographers” (Way to keep that victimization thing going). As is usually the case, the comments run the gamut between lucidity and not.

I’m not seeing the downside here. Besides the cost effectiveness, updates and advancements can be delivered in a more timely manner, piracy will be reduced (theoretically) and that herd of “I own an iPhone, therefore I’m a photographer” might just get a bit thinner.

For all of those outraged, don’t be. You can’t stop this from happening. The bottom line here is that if you can’t pay $20.00 per month for something that is integral to your business, you should find something else to do with your life.

Photograph by Guy Bourdin for French Vogue, 1955

Conde Nast has opened its archive for Coming Into Fashion: A Century Of Photography at Conde Nast opening June 15 as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. The exhibition features 160 images from some of the most influential photographers of the 20th century including Edward Steichen, Guy Bourdin, Norman Parkinson, Albert Watson, Deborah Turbeville, David Bailey, Corinne Day, Cecil Beaton and others.

Fortunate are those who will be in Edinburgh this summer.

Photograph: Norman Parkinson for Glamour, October 1949

Photograph: Deborah Turbeville for Vogue, May 1975

Photograph: John Rawlings for Vogue, March 1943

Photograph: Albert Watson for Vogue, May 1977

I’d really like to go back to that time when Fashion Week was limited to New York, Milan and Paris and when it was something special. I have nothing against Saskatchewan. In fact, when I was representing photographers, I represented an absolutely fabulous photographer from Saskatchewan, Douglas Walker. Please do check out his imagery. It’s quite wonderful. But a fashion capitol it is not. Neither is Cleveland, St. Louis, Memphis, Boston, Indianapolis and countless other cites worldwide who feel they need to be a part of something.

OK – I admit it. I’m a snob. But really.  When you think of Saskatchewan and any of those other cities as fashion meccas, what visuals pop into your mind?

© Ron Haviv "A Glimpse of the Fall of Tripoli"

The entry deadline for the Art of Photography Show is approaching. Judging the competition this year is Julia Dolan, Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum. Works chosen will be exhibited at the San Diego Art Institute from October 12 – November 17, 2013.

More than just another competition, this event offers exposure to publication opportunities, industry contacts, collectors and monetary rewards. The well attended opening night reception and lectures are always a welcomed addition. Producer Steven Churchill and Associate Producer / Director of Exhibitions, Lisa Smith consistently produce a first rate event. This is one of the very few competitions I will recommend.

Deadline is May 18. To enter visit here.

Photograph: Jim Hendin

I spent close to an hour this morning on my elliptical trainer listening to “What’s Going On” in it’s entirety. This is something I have not done in quite a while and the same goes for the elliptical. This has nothing to do with photography except for the 1971 Jim Hendin photo of Marvin Gaye that was used as the “What’s Going On” album cover. However, it  does have something to do with the notion of fighting for what it is you believe. For artists this is paramount.

“What’s Going On” was a song written by The Four Tops‘ Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Al Cleveland, another Motown writer. Gaye was given  a 1/3 ownership in the song to sing and produce it. A suite of songs followed written by Gaye and others that resulted in the landmark concept album. There are conflicting stories about its release.  One is that Berry Gordy, upon hearing the song, proclaimed it to be “the worst thing he’s ever heard”, and tried to block its release. If you’ve ever seen the movie version of “Dreamgirls“, this scenario will seem familiar.

Supposedly the release slipped by Gordy as he was tending to the solo career of Diana Ross and the song became an instant hit, selling 100,000 copies in  the first week of release, landing the #2 spot on Billboard’s Top 100 pop songs and remaining at #1 on the R&B charts for 5 weeks.

The other version is that upon hearing the song, Berry relayed to Smokey Robinson that he did not like it because he didn’t believe it was commercial and feared that it would never get played on the radio. Gaye offered an ultimatum to Berry which was “Put it out or I’ll never record for you again”. I am inclined to believe this version, as an old acquaintance of mine, writer David Ritz is the author of “Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye“. David conducted a series of interviews with Gaye for a projected “autobiography” and following Gaye’s death, finished writing it as a biography. Berry lost that battle and with that signaled the shift from the power of the producer to the power of the artist. The music industry, and certainly Motown were never to be the same again.

Robinson called the album “the single greatest record ever made by anyone”. It is difficult to argue with that as its relevance is even greater today than when first written forty two years ago.

I always advise photographers to get a point of view and stick to it. If you have something of substance, standing by it will be easy.

Photographer Alberto Guglielmi’s SURFER DNA exhibition will be held in NYC on Wednesday, June 5 from 6-9 pm at Sohotel Art Space, 345 Broome Street.

A skilled surfer himself,  Alberto created this body of work in order to promote continued awareness of the efforts made by Waves For Water Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative.

This work will also be shown in Los Angeles at Aesthesia Studios on Thursday, June 13.

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