Hey guys! I thought I’d share the interview I gave for Strategic Frames, a blog by DC photographer Robert Dodge. He invited me to sit down and talk about the future of nonprofit and documentary photography. Hope you like it! -Jamie
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Posted in General announcement, Shameless Self Promotion, tagged blog, documentary, interview, jeff hutchens, john anderson, lectures, momenta, nonprofit, photo, photography, seth butler, STUDENTS, workshop on December 6, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in General announcement, tagged blog, documentary, free, future, industry, intern, internship, job, labor, nachtwey, npr.org, paid, photography, photojournalism, posting, unpaid on November 12, 2011 | 5 Comments »
About three years ago in December, I posted an opportunity on here that was sent to me advertising for a free internship. I had posted the same job three months earlier and not a word was spoken about it. Somehow, someway though, word got out and it went viral. It started a completely unexpected firestorm in a matter of two days that got over 13,000 hits, hundreds of comments and blog posts and a wave of vitriolic jabs at successful photographers who hire free labor.
It was a HUGE learning experience for me. First and foremost, I learned how to turn off comments until they’d been approved! I also learned even the most respected professionals in our career are not immune to criticism by a disgruntled industry, no matter how misguided. But mostly, I learned we as an industry need to consider this issue more closely and must decide what using free interns says about us.
After carefully culling the vicious/curse word filled comments, the discussion turned for the better. The follow up posts created a very interesting series of thought-provoking commentary on the world of free interns. This discussion still rages on on other blogs, newsletters and articles. Now, it seems the issue has moved in the courts as you’ll read below.
The following article by NPR should make us all in the photographic industry consider what it means to be an intern, why we hire interns and what are the risks and benefits of free labor. Do we continue to allow each other “eat our young” as many suggest free internships do? Or will we try to find the best ways to foster the next generation of storytellers?
I don’t have an answer and I don’t think there is a simple one to this issue. However, the choice of using interns, made by all who employ or use free labor, needs to be made not for personal gain but to help support the industry’s long term success.
I very rarely write personal thoughts on this blog as you all know. However, this is one of those few days where I wanted to reach out to you all to encourage us all to act in the best interests of the industry for the future of photojournalism and photographers everywhere.
I encourage you to read the article, comment on this post if you want or simply share the article with others. Let us strive to the other industries know: we in all avenues of photography will try to act a shining example of the best treatment of the youth in our career field. Let’s begin a dialogue about our future.
Hey guys! If you want some inspiration and fun for this Sunday, check out the photo blog from the National Forester’s fellowship winner:
“Recognizing the multitude of people and professions that own, appreciate and care for the nation’s trees and forests, the 2011 International Year of Forests Photography Fellowship will document the human experience in America’s forests through still photography, interviews, and film. Josh Birnbaum, the recipient of the fellowship, will help articulate the benefits we derive from the sustainable management of the nation’s forests with images he captures during the 10-week project. The fellowship is co-sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters and the National Network of Forest Practitioners with support from the NASF Foundation”
Check out this great video about one of the nonprofit partners the student photographers get to work with during Momenta’s Project Uganda 2010 workshop.
If you’re interested in Project Uganda 2010 with Jeff Hutchens, visit http://www.momentaworkshops.com/uganda10.php for more information. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for student and professional discounts options.
See you in Northern Uganda in March!
John Harrington’s 2nd edition of his awesome book, Best Business Practices for Photographers, is out on the shelves now. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is thinking about freelance and/or already practicing. You will be amazed at what you’re not doing right and what you need to be doing to insure longevity. Check it out on Amazon at http://bit.ly/1pT8qY.
Posted in Websites, tagged blog, dc, http://www.photosecrets.com, jamie, Jamie Rose, jamie's list, jobs, photo, photographer, photos, rose, tips, washington, website on July 16, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Great Projects, tagged apollo 11, audio, blog, contact press, david burnett, launch, magazine, multimedia, photography, production, roberts, smithsonian, video on June 23, 2009 | 2 Comments »
WPOW : Women Photojournalists of Washington launched a mentorship program this year for two members to team up to learn new skills. You could be one year in to the biz and be teamed with a veteran who wants to learn something new or vice versa. This week a great success story comes from mentorship partners Molly Roberts and Danielle Williams, who have been working on their multimedia skills together.
A senior photo editor Molly Roberts created a multimedia presentation for Smithsonian Magazine. The project focuses on photographer David Burnett and his experience covering the tourists who watched the launch of Apollo 11. The audio and still show is just entracing and a great slice of American History that will be held to a microscope for a long time thanks to this amazing piece. Great job and congrats!!!
Check it out here:
As most of us are in the media, I would like to strongly suggest support NPR with your membership. As you may agree, I think NPR is one of the greatest supporters of multimedia and quality journalism both online and on air. I give in monthly installments which makes it a lot easier than one huge lump sum. WAMU’s annual membership campaign is going on and all membership fees are tax deductible. So give early, give often. Keep the programs alive! :)