“I’m pretty sure most people have no idea what a photo editor actually does,” says photographer David Guttenfelder at the beginning of this short video recently published by National Geographic. In the video, photographers and photo editors explain a bit about the how the photographer-editor relationship works at National Geographic. “It’s a complete partnership,” says Erika Larsen. “It’s just as personal to them as it is to me.”
One of the best things photo editors offer, the photographers say, is tough criticism. Tim Laman recalls one editor saying, “I don’t care if you spent a week sitting in a blind to get that picture, it’s still a crappy picture.” Aaron Huey says Sarah Leen made him cry. And Joel Sartore says an editor told him, “we can’t publish your excuses.”
Nearly all the photographers agree that National Geographic’s demand that they hand over every image they’ve made on an assignment makes them feel “naked.” “The first time, I don’t think I ate for several days,” says Andrea Bruce. “It’s just pure shame,” adds Charlie Hamilton James.
While the video doesn’t delve into the nitty gritty, behind-the-scenes work, it’s fun to see the people behind the pictures talking candidly about the editing process. And to see Corey Arnold talking to his cat.
Gus Powell, a member of the street photography collective iN-PUBLiC and author of two monographs of street photography, will lead a seminar called “Street Photography How & Why” at PhotoPlus Expo on October 25. Street photographers Michelle Groskopf and Elizabeth Bick will also participate in the panel. The following excerpt from “Q&A: Gus Powell on... More ›
Shahidul Alam, the award-winning photographer, teacher, and founder of the photo agencies Drik Photo and Majority World, was denied bail at a hearing on September 11, 36 days after plainclothes police dragged him from his home. Alam has been charged under Section 57 of Bangladesh’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, which criminalizes the sharing... More ›
Photojournalist Antonin Kratochvil has resigned from VII, weeks after a July 16 article in Columbia Journalism Review reported that he sexually assaulted one female member of the agency and was abusive to others. The agency announced the resignation on its website September 3 without offering any details. “On August 24th, 2018, Antonin Kratochvil submitted his... More ›