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What a Fire Taught Erik Almås About Success and the Creative Life

Posted by on Friday November 17, 2017 | Business

Erik Almås nearly lost his life’s work and his house in the fires that swept through northern California in October. On November 12, he wrote in a blog post that the experience changed his perspective on what’s important personally and professionally. And he offered inspiring advice to struggling photographers about how to keep things in... More

Who I’ve Hired: Leonor Mamanna, Bloomberg Pursuits

Posted by on Thursday November 16, 2017 | Business

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PDN recently interviewed Bloomberg Pursuits senior photo editor Leonor Mamanna about the type of photography she’s looking for and how she finds photographers. In this video, she talks about the work of two photographers she’s hired recently—Jess Bonham and Lindsay Lauckner Gundlock—and why they were the right photographers for the jobs she assigned. Mamanna also... More

Thursday Tip: On Creative Calls, Be Confident, Not Cocky

Posted by on Thursday November 16, 2017 | Business

The creative call is the initial conference call with an ad agency’s creative director. It is the photographer’s best chance to hear what the client wants, and to gather the information needed to write an estimate for the assignment. It is also the time for a photographer to start offering ideas for how to shoot... More

Thursday Tip: Start Professional Relationships with “Thank you”

Posted by on Thursday November 9, 2017 | Business

Thank-you notes can be a good way to initiate professional relationships with curators, photo editors, and others who review your work. Hannah Frieser, the Executive Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, advises artists who have entered juried shows or contests to follow up with jurors by sending a note, even if they aren’t... More

Tuesday Tip: Clear Your Calendar for Your Kickstarter

Posted by on Tuesday November 7, 2017 | Business

“I don’t think people are prepared for the amount of work it takes to be successful with Kickstarter,” says photographer Ryann Ford. She ran a a Kickstarter campaign to subsidize publication of her 2015 book called The Last Stop. powerHouse had expressed interest in the project, which is about the architecture of disappearing rest stops... More

Thursday Tip: Build a Network of Career Advisers

Posted by on Thursday November 2, 2017 | Business

A network of advisers is helpful as you plan your career or just make difficult decisions, says Danese Kenon, Deputy Director of Photography for Video/Multimedia at Tampa Bay Times. She has taught multimedia through organizations such as The Diversity Institute Scholars at the Freedom Forum, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and Kalish Workshops.... More

PhotoPlus Seminar Recap: Photography Directors at Major Publications Discuss Hiring Photographers

Posted by on Tuesday October 31, 2017 | Business

Directors of photography from Bloomberg Businessweek, The California Sunday Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Refinery29 and Topic spoke about the hiring practices of their publications during a seminar at PhotoPlus Expo over the weekend, and also discussed the qualities they look for in the freelance photographers they hire. Moderated by Businessweek Director of Photography... More

PhotoPlus Expo Report: PDN’s 30 Photographers on the Importance of Relationships

Posted by on Monday October 30, 2017 | Business

At “PDN’s 30: Strategies for Launching and Building a Career in Today’s Market,” a seminar at PhotoPlus Expo, PDN’s 30 2017 photographers Cait Oppermann, Christina Holmes and Sasha Arutyunova, and Sony Artisan Christopher Lynch, spoke about how they launched and sustained their careers. Also on the panel was Bloomberg Businessweek deputy photo director Aeriel Brown, who... More

Updated: Getty Announces $40,000 Bursary for Emerging Photographers

Posted by on Wednesday October 25, 2017 | Business

Getty Images has announced the creation of the Getty Images Creative Bursary for photographers who are under 30 years of age or have been working for three years or less. Getty plans to give $10,000 per quarter to help emerging photographers fund “dream projects,” the agency said in an announcement last week. Each quarter, a... More

What We’re Liking: Women Photograph’s “Week in Pictures Gender Breakdown”

Posted by on Thursday October 19, 2017 | Business, Photojournalism

Women Photograph, the online database of women photographers around the world created by photographer Daniella Zalcman, is posting weekly Twitter threads to keep the gender disparity in photojournalism top of mind. The “Week in Pictures Gender Breakdown,” as the threads are titled, tally how many of the images used in the “week in pictures” features... More