Approximately nine months ago there was a fair amount of outrage in the photographic community when James Nachtwey, who has made millions of dollars from his photography, put out an ad asking for a studio assistant who would be willing to work for him for free. A friend recently sent me this ad seeking someone who would be willing to work for free on photo shoots for over 50 days…. in AFGHANISTAN. It really blew my mind but my friend assured me it definitely is real. Not a joke. I understand some people see the need to expand their profit margin by any means necessary but this is taking it to the extreme. Any opinions on getting people to work for free in warzones?
Intern / Assistant needed for 50 + day commercial shoot in Afghanistan
Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 7:25am
I urgently needs to find an intern/assistant for a 50 + day commercial shoot in Afghanistan. This would ideally suit a photography student or someone looking to gain experience of both the industry and working in Afghanistan. There is no salary as such but all expenses including airfare, internal travel,food, accommodation and security will be covered. Responsibilities would involve data management, liaising with local fixers, arranging travel and accommodation and assisting on the shoots. This should be viewed as a learning opportunity rather than a money making opportunity. We will be traveling to 5 provinces throughout the country between now and the end of the year. Anyone interested would need to be here in Afghanistan within a week. There will be days off between the shoots and therefore time for you to shoot images for yourself which I will be happy to critique and try and pass on some of the knowledge I have picked up over the last decade as a working photographer. If you are interested or knows anyone who is or have any questions and need more information please get in contact asap. If you have a CV and links to your work please email me….