David Schonauer

Follow-Up: Do You Need a Rep? A Rep Responds

PDN   Friday September 20, 2019

Recently PDN spotlighted a blog post from photographer Erik Almas, who wondered if a traditional agent is best suited to helping him market his still and motion work in today’s advertising market. Now PDN spotlights a response from a rep, Heather Elder, at her own blog. She pushes back on what she calls Almas’s “sweeping generalization” about the ways reps can help photographers. But she agrees that in the face of dramatic changes, both reps and photographers have to adapt.   Read the full Story >>

Picture Stories: Vincent Musi's Year of Dogs

The Washington Post   Friday September 20, 2019

Two years ago, photographer Vincent Musi decided to give up his far-flung travels for National Geographic to be home with his wife, Callie, and their 18-year-old son, Hunter. But he didn’t give up photography, notes The Washington Post: He built “The Unleased Studio” in the back of a pet food store in Charleston, South Carolina, and began shooting portraits of dogs. He also wrote stories about the animals he photographed for his Instagram feed, which has swelled to over 300,000 followers.   Read the full Story >>

Legal Brief: California Law Gives Photographers More Time to Pay Crew

PDN   Friday September 20, 2019

California has amended state labor laws to give photographers and producers more time to pay the models, stylists and freelance crew they hire, notes PDN. The change, which passed unanimously in both the California state senate and assembly, went into effect September 5. Under the law, which was introduced last February as the “Photoshoot Pay Easement Act,” most people hired for short-term jobs in California are classified as employees, rather than independent contractors, and must be put on payroll. The law also requires employers to pay the full wages of employees on the last day of their employment. The one exception was employees hired to work on a movie or TV production.   Read the full Story >>

Books: Going Home to China's Abandoned Nuclear city

British Journal of Photography   Friday September 20, 2019

Photographer Li Yang’s hometown is named, simply, 404. Built in 1958 in the Gansu province of northeast China and situated within the sandy plains of the Gobi desert, it was China’s largest nuclear base and had a population of nearly 100,000. Now it is abandoned. Yang was born in 404 in 1984 and lived there for 19 years until he moved to Sichuan to study computer science. Between 2013 and 2016 he visited the city to photograph its haunting remains, notes the British Journal of Photography. The result is his book 404 Not Found.   Read the full Story >>

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