An interesting e-mail overnight from Louis Flood (senior) on the issue of staff people taking pictures and allegedly doing freelance photographers out of fee.
Louis, a long standing Perth-based freelance, has very definitive views on this in that reporters should stick to writing and photographers to taking pictures.
I would, however, venture the stance while acceptable at one time no longer cuts ice as employers want ever more out of employees as they attempt to cut freelance budgets and ensure ever higher returns from their publications. Some agri hacks are these days doing pod casts and taking moving pictures. Even the dear old BBC has staff in some of its remoter outposts doing their own pictures.
Louis has e-mailed his views in response to the Guild survey which shows a desire among photographers for the photographic award to be reinstigated.
His views are distinct so here is the edited version. Responses most welcome, click on the comment button
Thanks Joe, I have to ask what sort of person is concerned with awards? Tha fact that staff men are the usual winners is probably because they have a helluva lot more time to set up and produce pretty pictures than the run of the mill working freelance who has to try to find pics to satisfy a market that's completely unpredictable ... 'know what I mean'?
Rather than trying to encourage competitions, you'd be helping Guild photographers much more by encouraging editors to employ photographers to take photos and having reporters to stick to their stories... it doesn't work the other way round.... look at the pages of reporters offering pics in OUR year book. You may say 'why don't you try writing ? But if editors won't use our pictures, it's most unlikely they're going to use our stories!
It would be interesting to float this to the membership and see the response.
Well Louis, said view is now floated.