the death of an honourable profession?
There was an article published in Guardian few days ago about the demise of professional photographers. According to the writer, Andrew Brown, this happens because of economic and technological changes, and now the rise of such websites as flickr, where amateurs supply millions of photos which can be published.
It’s difficult not to agree that developments during the last decades “have diminished the value of a professional photographer’s skills”. Almost everyone seems to be able to get a ‘good’ picture. Nevertheless, as the author points out, the consistency of high quality that characterises professionals guarantees that their difference from the amateurs will not bridged easily, certainly not quite soon.
On the other side, it seems that the professionals’ photographic market of ‘news’ may suffer from the flood of internet photographers, and even worst for their income, it might be the increasingly smaller piece of cake that they can taste from the desirable for so many pros pie of stock photography. Here I might add that someone should investigate the role of big photographic stock agencies, which would seem the real earners against both pros and amateurs.
In the photo above, two professional photographers and noble individuals, Pedro Meyer and Geert Van Kesteren, [edit: and a third one, Christian Payne, whose hands are only visible here], who after I met them recently can’t imagine them ever demising…