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A little advice please???

I have not shot reportage professionally before but it’s what i want to do more then anything else. In this day and age is it best to get with a agency first (and if so, what is the best way to approach them?) or just hit the hots spots and and start sending images to a few of them?
My work to date is at www.kellyfajack.com/reportage

Thanks for any tips,

Kelly

by [a former member] at 2005-08-19 11:44:55 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) santa monica , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Kelly, LS is preparing a survey of the agencies and an appraisal of the whole agency system which at this point is in poor shape. We hope to publish the article some time this Fall, once we digest all the findings, so that all the LS members, many of whom are asking this same question, can ascertain for themselves the existing options and how to go about following up on their choices. In this day and age it is NOT necessarily best to get with an agency first, and among agencies there is a huge difference in their various practices, forms of representation, who they deal with, who they represent, etc. There are wire services, media giants like Getty, old agencies like Black Star, new agencies like Polaris or WPN, elite agenices like VII or Contact Press, or Redux, and cooperatives like Magnum. It is not at all a matter of simply going out and hitting the hot spots and then circulating the imagery to a few of them. You need to do some research, look at the various agencies and what they do, the various types of arrangements they offer, and you also need to shoot consistently, show in depth and deliberate work, stick to a story, develop it properly, do it justice. Hitting the hot spots will likely just result in superficial work. Find something, an issue, a place, that really does it for you, and invest yourself entirely in it. remember what Salgado did in the Sahel? or at Serra Pelada. Think about that a bit.

by Jon Anderson | 19 Aug 2005 12:08 | St Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Let me add, I just had a look at your site, and you obviously have traveled far and wide, and returned with some real nice shots,but I didnt see any essays on your site, which is what i think you should show to any agency worth its salt. A shot or two in Indonesia and another in Uganda, etc gives them the wrong impression. Can you post any series of images that shows sustained work on a particular theme? If i were you I would return to one of these places that obviously have got you clicking along merrily and develop a few stories, maybe a range of different stories. Good luck. nice to have you aboard here.

by Jon Anderson | 19 Aug 2005 12:08 | St Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
That’s tight, it depends on agency (precisely on market where it sells photos). In Poland merely 3 photo buyers (mags and papers) are publishing storys so in ‘my’ agency I was told they are not interested in essays. It is mostly news based market.

by Piotr Slosarski | 19 Aug 2005 12:08 | Warsaw, Poland | | Report spam→
True Piotr, but here in the states the agencies, while they deal in spot news and isolated images, generally look for sustained work in the portfolios they review, and the emphasis at the best agencies is very much on sustained work, though they do indeed have trouble selling such packages. They really want to see how the photog thinks, edits, etc.

by Jon Anderson | 19 Aug 2005 12:08 | St Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Now that’s what i call help! Thank you very very much.

Kelly

by [former member] | 19 Aug 2005 13:08 | santa monica, United States | | Report spam→
I too have been wondering about the best ways to get my foot in the door. This info is much appreciated. Now to develop a story…

by Wayne Huang | 23 Aug 2005 13:08 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
You should go to Perpignan (France/Photofestival) this year, really good to hook up with Agencies…….p

by [former member] | 30 Aug 2005 18:08 | Hong Kong, Hong Kong | | Report spam→

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