Link: Pricing & Negotiating: DITLO Contract
Ditlo is an innovative stock photography company that collaborates with photographers and up-and-coming celebrities to create content that they then license to commercial and editorial clients. It may be too soon to say whether this is a viable business model, but I admire them for trying it
Link: PDN Pulse » Blog Archive » David LaChapelle’s Former Agent Counter Sues for $75 Million
In what appears to be a tit for tat legal action in a messy business divorce, celebrity and pop art photographer David LaChapelle has been hit with a $75 million lawsuit by the former manager he sued last year for about $3.5 million.
Link: Robert Mapplethorpe Children’s Museum Celebrates Grand Opening – America’s Finest News Source
Speaking with reporters as they exited the museum Tuesday, young visitors were near unanimous in their praise for the facility and the activities it offered. “They had all sorts of cool outfits to dress up in and fun things to play with,” said 9-year-old Dylan Titus as he held up a black-and-white photograph of himself wearing a studded codpiece and a boa constrictor over his shoulders, which was taken at the museum’s Mapplethorpe Juniors Photo Booth. “I got to play with a real bullwhip, too. It was so much fun.”
Link: Do You Need a Photo Degree to Be a Successful Photographer?
My position isn’t meant to be a cynical look at photographic education, but we must acknowledge that there was massive selection bias in talking to people whose livelihoods depend on a constant study body. So let me provide a constructive counterpoint.
Link: Conscientious Extended | Meditations on Photographs: Riverfront by Curran Hatleberg
The world is there to be watched, to be seen; and a good photographer will visually organize its content into pictures that make us see what we could but usually don’t see. And crucially, one can try to take apart a good photograph and figure out how it operates, but it will still work afterwards
Link: PDN Pulse » Blog Archive » Photogs Dish Anonymously About Clients’ Rates Via New Tumblr Site
Still in its infancy, the site, Who Pays Photographers, is based on a similar Tumblr, Who Pays Writers, which, you guessed it, lists fees paid to writers. According to the anonymous founder of Who Pays Photographers, the response has been a bit overwhelming, indicating a serious interest among photographers to talk about, and read about, the fees clients pay for photographic work.
Link: Advice for Photo Assistants
So if you’ve decided that you want to foray into the crazy world of photo assisting, whether it’s to earn some money or your photo stripes or both, here are a few tips I’ve learned on how to succeed as a photo assistant, thanks to my six years of assisting photographers like Sheila Metzer, Finely MacKay and Doug Menuez.
Link: The Problems with Tumblr Photography
Interestingly enough, Tumblr is nothing but a variant of the very early photoblogs on steroids. The basic format is the same: present usually one photograph (or another short snippet of information, like a video, an animated GIF, or a text) at a time. Following other Tumblrs then adds the steroids. While in the past one needed to visit one photoblog after another, Tumblr now offers a seemingly incessant stream of work, all in one place. What’s more, showcasing other people’s photographs appears to have overtaken showcasing one’s own.