Bettina Hansen

photojournalism in musing and pictures


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I found this on another photographer’s blog last night.  It was too good.  A link to a 2006 interview with Michele McNally, AME of photo for The New York Times.

Advice for Young Photographers

Q. Do you have any advice for young people who are about to start a career in photography?

— Matt Mills, Santa Fe, N.M.

A. The most important work a young photographer can do is existential. You must figure out what kind of photographer you want to be, what do you want to say and how are you going to do it better than others have done before you.

Recognize that the career of a photojournalist is a difficult one personally, so you must love what you are doing. Be certain of your mission, but be prepared to constantly grow. Work hard, very hard. Be forever curious, persistent and gracious. When people let you into their lives, realize that it is a gift.

Don’t let technical issues come between you and a great picture; make it second nature. Recognize the role of aesthetics in storytelling. And shoot, shoot and shoot some more.

Other photogs may get a kick out of this: A tribute to NYT photographers.

I hope others get the same hope, fear and satisfaction from it that I did.  Oh yeah, and inspiration too.


Written by bettinahansen

October 18, 2008 at 6:07 pm

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