Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Help!

We are having a bit of trouble getting "Nymphoto Op-Ed" off the ground. However we are not ready to give up, because we think it is important to add another angle to Nymphoto and more importantly we would like to keep the discussion going.
The discussion about the female artistic experience. We want to hear your rants, your praises, your suggestions. Emily Shur wrote about what it is like to be a professional photographer today. Candace Gottschalk spoke about combining art & motherhood, Jane Tam followed suit and spoke about family, priorities and finding your way after college.
Ellen Rennard addressed the continuing gender gap in the art world.
Write to us at contact(at)nymphoto.com; tell us how you navigate the art world, how you survive as as a professional photographer, how you find assignments. Speak up about what you think needs to change, what you think is changing, about what you think all of us can do to contribute.
Or simply write a review of a show that you recently saw.
We are looking forward to hearing from you - and so will the blog's readers.

2 comments:

Carol Gould said...

Today's thought that comes to mind is "What should we say to an aspiring young female who wants to be a photographer?" At a time when photographic artistry is passed over for any "Joe" (or Hanz) who can operate a digital camera, how do we justify the importance of graphic training and artistic intuition?
I believe in photography as a practical art. Photography is exciting to look at, intriguing to study and a rush to be involved in. With today's economy, however, good photographers are being slighted. Budgets are being cut back, the staff intern is often times sent out with a camera to cover projects that used to be jobs. Well, you all know, the business is tough these days.
The amount of time and effort to become a professional photographer, let alone the time and effort it takes to keep a photography business going can be a bit disheartening. Do we encourage our young sisters to "hop aboard" or should they spend their time taking classes that might lead them to more stable career?

margaret said...

I wouldn't outright discourage any aspiring photographer. I would say follow your passion but also know that photography as a career choice is not necessarily going to lead to fame and riches. It's important to recognise the business aspect of any endeavor.In today's digital age having a camera, computer and internet is as ubiquitous as having a cell phone. That doesn't mean anyone who has a camera necessarily has the skills it takes to make compelling images. I think a combination of business, and art education would be a solid start for a career that would incorporate photography into a traditional or stable career choice. Some examples would be public relations, communications, or graphic design work.