[A note from the blogmaster:
While the commentary on this post came at an unexpected and surprising level, I believe this speaks to greater industry issues that should be addressed directly.
I have tried to cull the most offensive and defamatory comments that are adding nothing to the discussion as well as the anonymous postings. Make no bones about it, if you continue to curse or personally attack anyone on this post, I will remove it. If you bring up good points in an adult and dignified manner, I will be happy to keep it up.
As you've seen with consequent posts on the blog, I have invited industry leaders to write posts that deal specifically with the issues you all have discussed below. I sent invitations the heads of major publications, professional organizations and independent bloggers to respond to this topic is a formal and educational discourse. Some responded with great poise and reflection and for those of you who did, thank you.
I have also contacted Jim Natchwey's studios to ask if they would like to respond to this on a separate posting.
Again, if you choose to curse, name call or simply attack someone else's portfolio of images as a way of making your argument, I will remove it. It adds nothing to the discussion on the fairness or legality of unpaid internships, is frankly in poor taste and reflects ill on the good postings here.
For more information about the blog and this post, please see my comments below.
International Photojournalist & Director of Workshops for Momenta]
James Nachtwey studio seeks experienced intern for a minimum of three months. Candidates should have or be pursuing a degree in photography, and/or possess comparable photography work experience. The internship is unpaid, so please be financially prepared to participate in this program.
-Advanced Photoshop CS3/CS4 skills dealing with Black &White and Color images both film and digital. Must be proficient working in adjustment layers and layer masks.
-Knowledge of Epson printers along with ICC profile management.
-Proficiency with a Wacom tablet.
-An understanding of film scanning preferably on Imacon scanners.
-Experience with Adobe Light Room and Apple Aperture a plus.
-Must be able to work a minimum of three days per week and extra when needed.
-Must work well under pressure, be self-driven, committed, and be able to follow direction. Good attitude and willingness to help out are expected.
-Daily workflow can range from assisting with printing/toning to studio managerial tasks.
Please, qualified applicants only! We are a small operation with an enormous workflow and no time can be wasted. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and detailed resume to: email@example.com attention Rebecca or James T.