8 must-have photography catalogues for photographers

1 Nov 2022

If you want to become a professional photographer and make a living out of it, it’s important to study the greats and these 8 photography catalogues helped me a lot in my early days.

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Is the profession of photographer valued today?

6 Oct 2022

In many cases the profession of photographer is not valued. At Arcadina we are in direct contact with many colleagues and every day we receive comments such as: “Why do I have to offer my photo shoots for free? Why should I lower the prices of my photo sessions?

And we know that many of you are wondering why the profession of photography is not valued, “What are we doing wrong? And when will the rest of society really appreciate our work?”

These and many others are the questions that many fellow photographers ask themselves when they see that they are questioned on a daily basis and that they try to haggle over their work, or are even asked to do a photo shoot for free. Something inconceivable in any other profession.

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Essential Photography Books (1)

20 Jul 2020

 

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Vice

When I started to earn my living with my first photographic assignments, more than 25 years ago, I had two clear “vices”, music and photographic catalogues. At that time I had not yet set up my first studio and therefore was not yet aware of the meaning of “living to pay”. My only investments were records and books, and I wasn’t really planning to do much more either. I was happy with so little or… so much, depending on how you look at it. In fact, when I recall in my mind some passages from my previous youth, I can still clearly relive that almost orgasmic feeling of tearing off the plastic wrapping and discovering the interior design of a CD by Mike Oldfield or Wim Mertens, or the photographs in a catalogue by Duane Michals, Jan Saudek or Helmut Newton. Usually this scene used to take place on a train, back home, after liquidating much of my income in music shops and bookstores in the capital, and I think my ecstasy was more than evident because when I looked around it was not uncommon to come across someone watching me as if I was the same Gollum engrossed in his “treasure”.