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Martin Parr's Advice to Young Photographers: 'You are probably going to fail'

1/17/2022 ISO 1200 Magazine 1 Comments

You are probably going to fail, so unless you are obsessed, almost like a disease, you are not going to make it.” Legendary Martin Parr, regarded as the most crucial figure in contemporary British photography, offers advice to young photographers.

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True that. I've run the correlation that this is why corporate America can't run a photo business, i.e. OnRequestImages tried to years ago, they had offices in Seattle with a bunch of desks for a bunch of people to run the business side and tried to get photographers to shoot on spec. It failed miserably because the employees needed a salary, benefits, 9-5 and weren't in it because they had to be, like a career photographer. They needed to turn a profit for shareholders, we need to turn a profit to do what we already love.