October issue out now
The October issue of Professional Photographer is out now, packed with great features and amazing images. Here's Editor Scorey's thoughts on the issue:
I’ve just got back from holiday three days before this issue went to press, and the first feature I started to read, well almost, was Martin Middlebrook’s...
He had me worried with all his talk of National Geographic senior staff practically pronouncing the stills image industry dead. Okay, this is my interpretation, and indeed Martin’s and Nat Geo’s, but it did get me thinking. The question that was at the front of my mind was: have stills become the poor relation to movies? Which, quite naturally, led to: are we all going to be out of a job in a few years time? If you are on the board of The Carlyle Group then obviously not, having just spent the thick end of $3 billion acquiring a controlling interest in Getty, who themselves seem to be emptying the piggy banks again and buying up more of the imaging world’s picture libraries – they must use the same business strategists as Tesco... every image helps!
My feelings are that the still image is far from dead. In fact, though for a good proportion of the camera-buying public the technique and craft of photography is as old fashioned as socks and sandals, we are taking more pictures than ever,
and dare I say understanding their relevance and narrative more clearly than ever before too. The issue, for all pros, is that their fiscal value has virtually evaporated in most cases. The time a photographer provides is worth paying for, just not the actual pictures? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on these questions.
Adam Scorey, Editor
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