Photo Editor Love

News August 21, 2013 9:20 am

I missed this article yesterday but luckily my step-pa sent it over.. stories from photographers on the editors that affected them most in their career.. What a wonderful thing to be so appreciated by these guys and interesting to think about the roles of the photo editor being so vital to the photographers that they have worked with for years, and how that has changed in the past years.. Its pretty great, if you haven’t read it yet.. Here.

Over the years, I’ve learned much from Bob. Regardless of my age, he’ll always be my mentor. I think that’s what brings him happiness, coaxing the best possible performance out of everyone he meets, which is in stark contrast to how editors work today.

The editor/coach is largely extinct. We now have the editor as curator — super-aggregators who don’t have the time or resources to invest in the development of individuals. Instead of cultivating talent, they grab images from the cheapest source. When they assign, they find the closest warm body or someone who is currently “hot.” This is unsustainable but also sad. We’ve lost, or discarded, our teachers and are quickly losing our ability to help good photographers become great.

-Photographer Kenneth Jarecke on Robert Pledge

 

Carol Guzy/The Washington Post/via NY Times Lens Blog

Carol Guzy/The Washington Post/via NY Times Lens Blog

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