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Just an innocent queery from someone who is obviously completely out of touch with current realities, but whenever I do check in here – and it is becoming rarer – I can’t help wonder why, or how, it is the LS site has become so swamped with the ’fixer’virus? Every second post is either a fixer wanting a fix or a photog wanting to get fixed. Don’t photographers do their own research any longer, or follow their own ideas, inclinations or inspirations, or are those kinds of impluses no longer of any value these days and maybe even considered dangerous? Rather sad as well as a put-off for anyone seeking what used to be called an exchange of ideas or opinions on the LS site.

by Nigel Amies at 2014-02-24 17:58:27 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

LS is now a site for free classified advertising. Unfortunately I am not interested in a walking tour of Petra or in having someone pack my household belongings. I long for the old days when members hurled obscenities at one another or filled a thread with a single entry that was longer than a speech by Fidel Castro. Perhaps a more relevant subject for a post to this web site would be “LS ANY GOOD, ANYMORE?”

by Barry Milyovsky | 25 Feb 2014 15:02 (ed. Feb 25 2014) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Well Barry, we know that nothing last forever anyway…

by Yves Choquette | 25 Feb 2014 16:02 | Montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
Nigel, How is it having or requiring a fixer means photographers or videographers don’t do their own research, or follow their ideas? I really don’t get your point. I guess you know what exactly is the relationship between a fixer and his client?

So if you do not want this to be just a classifieds site (which it isn’t as I am sure as there are some great posts regularly), why not start your own intelligent exchange of ideas and everyone would be glad to follow it.

by Uday Sripathi | 25 Feb 2014 19:02 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
Uday I think Nigel does not use Fixer for his project….so he does not know the value of Fixers around the globe….well being a fixer if i want to work to other country i will defentily go for post in LS for Fixer Not for photojournalist….Some Photojournalist r self made…some ve photojournalism degree & some of them migrated From Fixers to Photojournalism…But what about Fixers….they r the man behind the scene but never mentioned…& what you say that Photojournalist now a day do not do any research…your r totally wrong…The fixers follow the instruction & research of the photojournalist & make the dream true…Nigel in my 11 years carrier as a Fixer…I ve won 3 POY award..& i am proud to be Fixer….

by Dinesh Dubey | 26 Feb 2014 04:02 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
So, there’s still a flickering of life out there on planet LS. Interesting to hear what the fixers themselves have to say. True Dinesh, I’ve never personally employed a fixer – couldn’t afford it even if I wanted them hanging around and getting in the way for all thier possible good advice. But I have had some experience where I was more or less being escorted by NGO staff in Laos. Not the same thing exactly as although local being employed by an international organisation did at least give them a somewhat different perspective – meaning they were more or less on my side – and simply without them, as well as the foreign staff, I couldn’t have gone where we went or done what I did. However, with freelancing local fixers I wouldn’t be so sure. In Laos many so-called freelance fixers offereing their services to photogs and foreign journalists were in fact government informers. On other travels with local interpreters/guides in Asia it was always a bit of a battle between my ideas and prefered subject matter and various prejudices on both sides, never mind the politics. In other words, too much of a distraction. However, these days it seems photogs, even if they can get any paid work, don’t have much time to argue either way – unless your name is perhaps John Stanmeyer and you work for National Geo. Otherwise, as for LS I suppose it’s just a reflection of the times and the whole existential uncertainty surrounding photography/photojournalism these days. Everyone’s a photographer now, or thinks they are.

by Nigel Amies | 27 Feb 2014 11:02 (ed. Feb 27 2014) | | Report spam→
Nigel, I can see the contempt in you about us lowly fixers :-) That will be the day when we are paid to reply to non work posts here on Lightstalkers…

Anyway, either you have not done too much work world wide or have never done work that warrants the use of a real fixer. A real fixer offers advice but never tries to change your story. If your story is inherently wrong, maybe he will try to make you understand…Please read the following three experiences of a fixer and see what exactly is his contribution in any story. Of course there are many fancy names for a fixer now…Field Producer/Local Producer etc etc




by Uday Sripathi | 27 Feb 2014 11:02 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
Sorry if I upset anyone. We all have to make a living including me. Nothing wrong with being a fixer. My question should have been more as to why so many photographers appear to need fixers these days as well as to the general demise of any interesting photograpy related conversation generally on LS. As has been said, it’s more or less just a advertising board these days. But maybe that’s a useful function for many.

by Nigel Amies | 27 Feb 2014 11:02 | | Report spam→
Nigel, on the topic of you finding fixers a distraction…it again depends on who is your fixer. Of course, in cities like Laos or Pyongang, there are government informers and that is where a site like LS comes in handy…take the suggestion of your peers on whom to employ.

Long before I became the fancy fixer that I am now, I used to work with photogs too….In fact I enjoyed those days where we both of us got off in pursuit of stories but never once if I remember, did come in the way, or just hung around etc. There is a lot lost in translation Nigel and that is where fixers come in help. If a photog is bullheaded and thinks that I am all and all is me…of course he will get photographs too…as you said…anyone can become a photographer…but what really is the value of them…

by Uday Sripathi | 27 Feb 2014 11:02 (ed. Feb 27 2014) | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
Nigel, needing fixer is not wrong…It’s just another tool like the camera itself in the photog’s search for the story. If I was a photographer and if I needed to ride a donkey to get that perfect shot…I would…I would not lift my nose at it and wait for my limo ride to take me to the location saying we photog’s don’t ride donkeys!

by Uday Sripathi | 27 Feb 2014 11:02 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
Perfect Uday….

by Dinesh Dubey | 27 Feb 2014 12:02 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
I think Uday Sripathi summed up all the ‘fixers’ thoughts on your post.
In my experience, it all starts at acquiring the legal permits and permissions – I hear so many great ideas, from potential clients, about their creative filming/photography projects, but just won’t accept that some countries you require permits and approval – or you will end up losing your stock, equipment and maybe even worse…
Producers, Directors, DOP’s, Photographers (Feature, documentary, tv, news) …pretty much any project worth doing well, requires some sort of ‘fixer’ – and it all starts at doing things legally, morally and efficiently. I know i’ve saved many of my clients time and money, by knowing my territory well, having good connections and knowing how to work more efficiently.
Having said that – i don’t have a problem with any who decides to do it all themselves. That’s fine. Just don’t start whinging/whining about all the fixer posts – when it’s obviously a very niche field and professionals often need support. Terry Gordon – Asia Film Fixers

by Asia Film Fixers | 12 Mar 2014 13:03 (ed. Mar 12 2014) | Yangon, Myanmar | | Report spam→
Finding competent fixers has been a challenge for working photographers. Lightstalkers performs an invaluable service for us.
The transition is very welcome. Previously, many questions here came from people with cameras who like to travel. Their concerns were topics such as whether it is necessary to take a toothbrush to Paris. This is an incredible community.

by Richard Lord | 14 Mar 2014 08:03 | Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya | | Report spam→

They are your ears on the ground before you arrive, your overseas bureau, your airport pickup, your staffer, your security advisor, your translator, local producer or first aider. They are the guide by your side that knows where everything is and how to get it.


Without fixers, thousands of TV and film productions throughout the world would be impossible every year, tens of thousands of articles and books would never be written and the myriad of corporate activities would never see the light of day.

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by Tony Rimwah | 14 Mar 2014 08:03 | kenya, Kenya | | Report spam→
As someone who has worked with various fixers in the past I understand where you guys are coming from.
What Nigel was trying to say is that Lightstalkers is no longer a broad spectrum
forum where photographers and journalists could share information and have the occasional
Argument, share pictures etc etc.

The fact of the matter is that there has been a massive decline in “foreign” assignments where photographers would require the services of a fixer. These days an assignment in India for example would be commissioned to a photographer who is based in India and has been there for a while and most likely can work a story out themselves or a local photographer who speaks the language and has access so would not require a fixed. In any case as Nigel has pointed out there is usually no budget for a fixer.
The type of photographer you guys are trying to get employed by are unlikely to be using Lightstalkers anyway.

Furthermore by constantly advertising your services and swamping Lightstalkers is counter productive because Nigel was trying to point out that the forum is no longer attracting photographers and journalists because if the endless fixer adverts. It’s a catch 22.

Also it is not very professional to disrespect a photographer and say he has no understanding if how fixers work and has not done any foreign assignments. Any potential client of yours might read that and think you are only interested in working with a photographer for the financial rewards. I understand you guys are trying to get work but you have to be savvy I the way you do it.

You guys want to be treated with respect , and rightly so but that respect has to be reciprocated.

by Mendax Mondial | 17 Mar 2014 10:03 (ed. Mar 19 2014) | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
On the other hand, Mendax, it is not respectful for a so-called photographer to say, " True Dinesh, I’ve never personally employed a fixer – couldn’t afford it even if I wanted them hanging around and getting in the way for all thier [sic] possible good advice."

by Barry Milyovsky | 18 Mar 2014 21:03 (ed. Mar 18 2014) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Well Barry…Mendax seems to have conveniently chosen to ignore the whole message of Nigel.

Coming to the issues raised by Mendax…Lightstalkers is swamped by fixers…I am sure I will lose your valuable business but I will go ahead and say that only a dumb and a blind person can see what lightstalkers is swamped with. It’s the other way around with photographers posting messages wanting fixers and not fixers posting messages wanting work.

No one disrespected anyone here. He raised an issue for which we gave a clarification. If someone writes shite saying fixers come in the way and hang around (obviously meaning fixers don’t bring value)…I would definitely say that he is an amateur. Just calling yourself a photographer does not get you the respect that you think we should give you. You obviously want us coolies to call photographers “Saheb” or else lose our next curry. Dude…don’t forget it’s all connected. You need us just as much as you need the commissioning editors or just as much as we need you. In fact some of us fixers have gone on to become amazing producers and directors but that does not into our heads. Our long stint as fixers keep us grounded and understand what it takes.

by Uday Sripathi | 18 Mar 2014 21:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
Let me give you a frigging example of how a Fixer helps. This was many years ago when I was contacted by Albertina D’Urso…She is here in Lightstalkers and if she reads this, I am sure she can attest to it.

Albertina contacted me for an assignment about Mumbai’s night life…the sex workers – male, female and transvestites, drug addicts etc…She wanted to reach out to all levels of sex workers…from street workers to high class call girls…

I am sure Mendax Mondial would parachute into Mumbai with his fancy gear and shoot all of this like James Bond…He would need a fixer just to carry his cases into the Taj Hotel…

But in the real world…it works differently…So I had a month to prep for all this. It was all new to me but this is what we fixers do…I started asking everyone around if they knew any sex workers…one of my friend’s friend was a director who made a feature about sex workers…I took a chance with the hope that the director would have done some research on the subject and approached him. Luckily, one of the actors he employed was an ex-gigolo. He introduced me to this guy and he initially refused to help me but after calling him many times, taking him out for drinks, he finally agreed to help me. He said he will take me to a madam who runs high class call girls in Mumbai. He warned me not to tell who I am nor tell the purpose of my visit at first…This Madam…she owned 6 apartments in Mumbai…had 10 cars….So we meet at a coffee shop….my friend suggested that we should go out for a drink one day and she agreed. So we started taking her out regularly and slowly I was getting into her “trusted circle” (All this while shit scared hoping that none of my friends find out that I am hanging out with a Madam). After couple of weeks…she takes a liking to me and offers to buy me a car…I refuse respectfully….once when we were drinking…I casually say that what she is doing seems like a noble business and all bullshit and tell her that I want to do a photo shoot of her work with her girls…I tell her that I have a friend from Europe who is a great photographer who will photograph the girls and also pay me for the photographs…She agreed! After that shoot, I kept getting calls from her asking me to be her boyfriend…of course needless to say, those calls did cause a few fights with my then girlfriend…When I did not respond to her calls….I got some threatening messages too….

Now the street workers…Try going to Grant Road, a red light district in Mumbai and taking pictures….Either they will beat you or cover their faces…I went there every evening with a friend standing and smoking at a street corner so the people kinda got familiar with me…one day I struck up a conversation with a girl who was speaking the same language I speak and slowly every one around kinda warmed up to me…then I told them that I am gonna come back with a photographer to take their photographs…You should ask Albertina how they received her there….They took her inside their houses, the places they do business with…

The most difficult was the gigolos….luckily…this guy I had with me was an ex-gigolo and we were able to convince a few of them to pose for pictures! It did take a lot of effort.

Mendax…I am not writing about my other experiences where I was drugged and thrown out of a town when doing a story, nor about the time when I was detained by a neighboring army for researching a story along the border, nor about the experience when I was running away from a mob when I was working on a story with Nick Kristof…You better have done something substantial for us to respect you.

by Uday Sripathi | 18 Mar 2014 22:03 (ed. Mar 19 2014) | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
Seems I have ruffled quite a few feathers.
If you read me correctly I never said what fixers do is undervalued
or taken for granted. I have used fixers and translators in many
countries and have made long term friendships.

There have been some bad fixers as well. The problem
is anyone can say they are a fixer, worked with this photographer or that film maker.
Personal recommendations should be taken with a pinch of salt.
On one assignment a few years ago our team employed a fixer that came
highly recommended but turned out to be an absolute nightmare. We were left with a difficult situation
where we had difficult decisions to make and had to let him go without causing any offence. We then employed another
After speaking with several people a friend of the driver turned up and worked with us. He was an absolute joy to work with,
Got us the access we required without any assumptions that we were trying to exploit anyone or had any disingenuous thoughts about our intentions.

I suggest before you get into a over zealous rant you read what I previously wrote.
I have the utmost respect for fixers.
My point was to offer my thoughts on the relentless posts on Lightstalkers
for fixers. I suggest the reason there are so many photographers on here seeking “fixers” is the word is out
That Lightstalkers is the place to go if your looking for a fixer.
My point was that the type of photographer who might need to employ a fixed for several weeks
Are highly unlikely to be reading Lightstalkers anyway.

It was not my intention to offend anyone and although you have been rather
rude to me I have not taken offence. Far too long in the tooth and thick skinned for that kind of nonsense.

Best of luck with the fixing.


Mendacious Le Monde

by Mendax Mondial | 18 Mar 2014 22:03 (ed. Mar 19 2014) | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Btw Uday you assume I am British, and exert your view that I have
Some upper class opinions of Indians dating back to the time of the Raj.

In fact I am American but was educated at Oxford so I suppose
That makes me a imperialist exploiter who thinks any Indian
Is a coolie and that I am the boss. I think it is you who needs to move on if you think like that.

by Mendax Mondial | 18 Mar 2014 22:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Mendax, the condescending tone in your message was the reason for my rant. Of course, just as not all photographers are good so are not all fixers good. There is no contest there. I am happy your driver found you a good person.

You seem to have forgotten what you wrote:

“Furthermore by constantly advertising your services and swamping Lightstalkers is counter productive because Nigel was trying to point out that the forum is no longer attracting photographers and journalists because if the endless fixer adverts. It’s a catch 22.”

Again…where did the fixers constantly advertise or swamp Lightstalkers? If this is not trying to offend, then what is? I kindly request that before you say something which is not true, then do expect a rant back!

Best of luck with your drivers…

by Uday Sripathi | 18 Mar 2014 22:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
You certainly put forward a good case for all this
Fixing, but a swamp is a swamp.

I’ll leave you all too it and look for interesting opinions on photography, film making and reportage elsewhere.

by Mendax Mondial | 18 Mar 2014 23:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
All the best. We too don’t need anyone subtly threatening us that if we don’t kiss ass then we won’t be hired by prospective clients and also implying that we fixers not think about making money and our god willed purpose is to serve the photographers without financial considerations…and someone who falsely tells that fixers have been swamping Lightstalkers with their messages…

by Uday Sripathi | 18 Mar 2014 23:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
Uday, you write: “I tell her that I have a friend from Europe who is a great photographer who will photograph the girls and also pay for the photographs…”

Did someone really pay something to persons who were photographed?

by Laura Larmo | 19 Mar 2014 11:03 | Milano, Italy | | Report spam→
Yeah good point Laura. Great fixing, but morally unsound.

by Mendax Mondial | 19 Mar 2014 11:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Seems Lightstalkers has been swamped with replies about fixing.

See how annoying it is?

by Mendax Mondial | 19 Mar 2014 12:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Laura…She wanted to buy me a car…I told her I will get paid for the photographs and technically as a fixer I was.

by Uday Sripathi | 19 Mar 2014 13:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
I think I misunderstood your post then. Yes, you of course were paid for your work but the persons who were photographed by Ms. D’Urso weren’t paid right?

by Laura Larmo | 19 Mar 2014 13:03 | Milano, Italy | | Report spam→
I thought someone left this swamp but looks like still hanging around :-) . Mendax how come you are not able to answer a simple question about your statement and accusation of fixers swamping Lightstalkers? Can we see where? A lying photographer…thats morally much better right?

by Uday Sripathi | 19 Mar 2014 13:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
Laura…nope they were not paid…Everyone agreed to be photographed because of the effort of a Fixer who makes connections, creates relationships and sheer hard work. I hope that answers someone’s question about how Fixers hang around and come in the way.

by Uday Sripathi | 19 Mar 2014 13:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
It’s called irony Uday.

by Mendax Mondial | 19 Mar 2014 13:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Haha you are still here Mendax :-). Let it be whatever but tell me where did you learn this condescending attitude?

Your statement “Any potential client if yours might read that and think you are only interested in working with a photographer for the financial rewards.”

So what else should a fixer work for? Credits? Fame? Awards? Just that above statement sums it all up about your attitude…

by Uday Sripathi | 19 Mar 2014 14:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
O.K., so to make a Fixer, take one or two shots of Mekong, place in a highball glass, add roughly equal amounts of club soda and pineapple juice and a splash of Cranberry (some add coconut juice, but I don’t). Fixes Mekong hangovers pretty well.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 19 Mar 2014 14:03 | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
Dominus Illuminatio Mea

by Mendax Mondial | 19 Mar 2014 14:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Dum appropriant super me nocentes
ut edant carnes meas:
qui tribulant me inimici mei
ipsi infirmati sunt et ceciderunt.

ha, ha.

I prefer the motto “Hinc lucem et pocula sacra”.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 19 Mar 2014 15:03 (ed. Mar 19 2014) | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
beneficium accipere libertatem est vendere

Which is rather apt considering Laura’s question.

by Mendax Mondial | 19 Mar 2014 15:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I don’t get the dispute. It’s totally clear to me – fixers are extremely useful in certain situations and with certain kinds of projects. But sometimes one is not needed. I’ve done it both ways, but one current project I’m working on requires them. And where I get a good one, we have a lot of fun together. And I know John Stanmeyer feels the same way. :-)

by Neal Jackson | 19 Mar 2014 15:03 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Neal it confounds me too…one guy says Fixers come in the way and hang around and another says fixers should not work only for money. He also accuses fixers of swamping Lightstalkers where in fact its the other way around where photographers post messages requiring fixers. All I am trying to clarify is if Fixers are useful and if we are spammers as purported.

I felt the need to defend my profession as we know what lengths Fixers go to..In any dispute its always the fixer who is targetted. When kidnapped, its always the photographer who is mostly rescued with ransom while the fixer is killed. There have been numerous such incidents. When these people who do anything to protect their client, even ready to take a bullet for their client with just a few hundred dollars as compensation and who receive no credits or awards, it is shameful to see people deriding fixers. As I mentioned earlier, you need to be a professional to realize their value.

by Uday Sripathi | 19 Mar 2014 16:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
Uday now your being silly. I never said fixers should work for free.
Clearly your not reading my initial post properly. It’s seems you are are responding to
other members opinions without thinking. If you read what I wrote it says I have a great deal
of respect for fixers and the profession. My initial comment was about Nigel’s assertion that
Lightstalkers has become a de facto fixers advertising forum.

My point was to try and make you understand that it might be counter productive
In the long term if Lightstalkers is bombarded with posts about fixers and fixing.
It might be beneficial to you and all the other fixers if the site had a balance of adverts for
Fixers and other stuff. That way Lightstalkers might attract the right kind of people
Whom you could potentially work with. Yet you got into a frenzy and started spouting a loud
of nonsense about your profession being attacked and undermined.

Quite frankly I would not employ someone who is prone to adverse reactions when
no offense was intended. Is this how you would react in a situation when a cool head is required
To protect your client.
I will reiterate. Fixers can be invaluable and deserve respect. Lightstalkers
Is and once was a thriving community where photographers, film makers ,
Journalists and fixers co-existed in relative harmony.the occasional spat
would ignite and fire would engulf Lightstalkers but eventually the fire
dissipated and normal service would resume.

Lightstalkers has become a fixer advertising forum. That is all I was trying to say.

No doubt you will come back with some riposte about the media disrespecting
fixers but hey ho.

by Mendax Mondial | 19 Mar 2014 16:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Mendax, Please do not worry about my employment. I have my regular clients who exactly know what I offer and there is no shortage of work. And I find it funny that you chose to be the representative of “Media”. Apart from being a fixer, I am an Independent TV and News Producer, have directed numerous commercials, wrote for feature films and if I am not part of “Media”, I surely would want to know what it is. Fixers are part of Media too and please do not condescend (which seems coming naturally to you). Forget you employing us, I would right now say I would not work with you. I have only taken one assignment from Lightstalkers and follow it just for information. I have worked for free for many photographers here in Lightstalkers and helped them get their visa’s by following up with Indian consulates and even recently, I traveled a month with a Lightstalkers photographer without charging a single penny and instead spending my own money for that project. I make my money with big networks and my aim here is to be associated with people who have interesting projects but don’t have the money to hire people. This is my way of giving back.

Lets see what you said and did not say…You always seem to skip the clarifications I requested.

“Any potential client of yours might read that and think you are only interested in working with a photographer for the financial rewards.” – Please do let me know for what higher goal a Fixer should work for. What do we infer, that we should not work for money?

“The type of photographer you guys are trying to get employed by are unlikely to be using Lightstalkers anyway.

Furthermore by constantly advertising your services and swamping Lightstalkers is counter productive because Nigel was trying to point out that the forum is no longer attracting photographers and journalists because if the endless fixer adverts." – There are lot of fixers who get employed by photographers using Lightstalkers. Please don’t let your ignorance come in the way. You also mentioned that we are constantly advertising our services. Can you please take screenshots of last 10 pages in the forum and tell us how many are by fixers?

You can go on in latin as much as you want and keep insulting and threatening fixers as much as you want but it will not make a difference to fixers.

Lightstalkers is a member forum and members have the freedom to post what they want. Once in every few posts there is interesting stuff and links to resources. If you want meaningful discussion, instead of complaining, please start a thread and I am sure people will respond.

by Uday Sripathi | 19 Mar 2014 17:03 (ed. Mar 19 2014) | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
I think I also can understand what Nigel and Mendax are saying; correct me if I’m wrong but another way of saying this might be that some people haven’t yet understood – and this applies also to other forums/social medias etc. – that it’s not very elegant (or cool if you prefer) to show up only to promote one’s own business and never participate in community (however loose and open one) activity in other ways.

I have noticed too that nowadays there are more fixers around but the abovesaid applies also to photographers – again, not only here – who only show up when they have a new website online or they’ve just been published. And that’s not all: they (not only photographers but you could put here director, graphic designer, illustrator, advertising agency manager… list goes on) even ASK to go and click that f**king LIKE.

Uday, you’ve joined LS in 2008, you must remember what it was like some time back; people asked for advice and fixers but then also provided them and while they were at it they also threw in some opinions and/or funny and/or sheer nonsense comments on threads about something that wasn’t offering or requesting anything, just in order to be in touch with other LSers, not in order to obtain work or publicity (in fact some of those comments might be considered “counterproductive” as they were sometimes a bit… unpolite) or anything.

by Laura Larmo | 19 Mar 2014 20:03 (ed. Mar 19 2014) | Milano, Italy | | Report spam→
Uday you have gone from silly to ridiculous.
I have not insulted or threatened any fixer.

You ask me to clarify your questions yet your still not
reading my replies. Clearly your an intelligent man but I think
your allowing your heart to rule your head. Nothing wrong with
being passionate about what you do but please be careful before
you accuse me of making threats or insults. I have nothing of the sort.

You are the one making insulting remarks.

The Latin phrase is a response to your question as to where
I attained my condescending attitude as you say.
If you google it you will get the answer.

I am not interested in getting involved in a protracted dispute
with you as it is obvious you are unwilling to try and grasp what I am trying to say.

This could be a great forum again but I suspect it will just continue to be a
fixers advertising forum.

Very best of luck.


by Mendax Mondial | 19 Mar 2014 21:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Yes Laura, I have been here in LS for a long time now and well there are peak and non-peak times here every now and then. LS is used by photographers and others connected to media to exchange information, find resources and some other stuff. Fixers are one of those resources and yes people do come here to look for Fixers. If you notice, fixers mostly just respond to requirements and do not spam as said.

As for opinions, comments and all that you say is missing now…I still say that be the change that you want to see. Post those meaningful opinions or comments. Start discussions…just don’t blame everyone for everything. Mendax Mondial, whose profile has been created just 2 years ago and there seems to be no information on him on the web seems to be the alter ego of some other member here who could not post in his own name. He is on a rampage here making fun of everyone who is posting fixer requirement messages. How can he complain of LS changing if he has been only for 2 years?

Mendax, all I asked you were two simple clarifications…I don’t see your replies to them as you say…you have been beating around the bush instead of simply answering what I asked…Anyway…all the best to you too and hope something works out on your frustrations…

by Uday Sripathi | 19 Mar 2014 23:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
I’m far from frustrated Uday. Your a silly man really.

by Mendax Mondial | 20 Mar 2014 09:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Trust me Uday, if I missed those discussions that much, I would’ve already tried to start some myself.

by Laura Larmo | 20 Mar 2014 11:03 | Milano, Italy | | Report spam→
And besides, I frankly don’t see myself blaming anyone for anything, Uday.

by Laura Larmo | 20 Mar 2014 12:03 (ed. Mar 20 2014) | Milano, Italy | | Report spam→
Well, waddya know there’s obviously quite a bit of life left in LS members. Never imagined it would stir up such a response/controversy. Unfortunate that some take it so personally. But thanks Laura for actually interpreting my original query more or less correctly. It’s all a sign of the times now with so many photogs – and fixers, would be or otherwise – chasing so few assingments with tighter time frames. I was only ever on the perifery anyway and always did my own research usually on self-proposed subjects, photography being for me mainly a personal means of expression and enquiry rather than something I totally depended on for a living – even thought that at one time was what I aimed for.

by Nigel Amies | 22 Mar 2014 15:03 (ed. Mar 22 2014) | | Report spam→
’Almost as heated as the old “Leica M8 is it any good” thread. Almost.

by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 24 Mar 2014 00:03 | Spring Lake, Michigan, United States | | Report spam→
Well Lightstalkers once had some of the best photojournalists and independent film makers involved until the bitching and personal attacks started. Naturally those people left and it went downhill from there. Now it’s full of fixers and wannabee photojournalists who never made it to the top of the tree.

You make one slightly contentious post or remark and you come under fire.

It’s now a cesspit.


by Mendax Mondial | 24 Mar 2014 14:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Laura, I meant anyone who thinks that way…

Mendax, you mean its full of photographers like you who can’t even post in their real name or have anything about them on the web, and yes, who has a LOT of time to post crap on every single post of photographers asking for fixers! sure…thats reputed! At least other wannabe photographers here are busy with their assignments and are looking for fixers all over the world…maybe that is the frustration I am talking about, while people are busy working, you are sipping an espresso and are jealous of working photographers and fixers.

You obviously are a fake and if you are a man enough, please come back with a scan of the bio page of your passport and then you can talk as much as you want.

by Uday Sripathi | 24 Mar 2014 17:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→

by Uday Sripathi | 24 Mar 2014 20:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→

by Mendax Mondial | 25 Mar 2014 11:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Mendax Latin. English. Mendacious



Mondial. Play on words. French. Latin. Mundus, Mundi. English. World.

by Mendax Mondial | 26 Mar 2014 09:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Nam si quis existimat se aliquid esse, cum non sit, ipse se seducit.

by Mendax Mondial | 26 Mar 2014 10:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Seems my prophecy has turned out to be correct!

Lightstalkers is slowly but surely dying with inactivity.

Well done all those who contributed to its demise.

by Mendax Mondial | 27 Apr 2014 15:04 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Well, I hope not. It’s always been a useful forum and an interesting place to visit, and it does have ups and downs. There may be a need for reinvention, and the Facebook LS does not seem to have quite the same spirit, so I hope the old LS might yet be able to catch its breath and become new again. The whole media industry is heaving and wheezing right now, but there must be a way forward. People still need to tell and hear stories. Don’t totally count it out yet.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 29 Apr 2014 05:04 | Jersey City, United States | | Report spam→
Fixer and photographers are like a len and uv filter very necessary. LS evolves around both professions. What if you go to a french speaking country and you speak english? How do you coordinate logistics especially in Africa? A fixer will come in handy to enable the success of the project. It is oxymoron to bash fixers while sitting on a photographers throne yet if all the fixer leave LS how will they eat and if all the photographers remain how many share content (beside shit storms and ignorant statements) . Either come up with sensible enriching conversation or leave everyone to there profession.

by collins Gituma | 29 Apr 2014 06:04 | Nairobi, Kenya | | Report spam→
I don’t know why I waste my time answering a jerk like Mondial but anyway…

LS was popular at a time there were very little resources. Now you have plenty of specialize groups on Facebook, groups for Syria, Ukraine, Central Africa, etc. Also the fact that anyone can see what I’m typing right now restrict me.

I don’t want public at large to know exactly when and where I’m going to be. Not that FB secret groups are totally safe but at least restrict the possibilities to track me down.

Is LS will die? Maybe and this is how things evaluate, like the groups I’m on FB, they will eventually die as we found others and better way to communicate. Especially that some of these FB secret groups are run by huge ego diva who kick out anyone who don’t think like them.

So yes it has absolutely nothing to do with fixers, have more to do with guy like you dude. :p

by Yves Choquette | 29 Apr 2014 10:04 | Montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
Yves. Calling a legitimate post from an editor looking for photographers
in Asia fake because he only joined a few weeks earlier is being a jerk !

As it turned out he was genuine and so was the request for


by Mendax Mondial | 29 Apr 2014 19:04 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Mondial, you come here anonymously, no real name, no contact, like a troll insulting fixers who are the spine of foreign journalists. Accusing fixers to be the source of this forum difficulties.

Well, not sure i’m the jerk here… ;)

by Yves Choquette | 29 Apr 2014 21:04 (ed. Apr 29 2014) | Montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
I liked the old LS, though. I still wonder sometimes what kind of small compact Erin eventually bought. I think that thread went on forever.

by Akaky | 29 Apr 2014 21:04 | New York , United States | | Report spam→
The word is, Akaky, that Erin bought a Mini Cooper and was very happy with it though she never could get it to take any pictures.

by Barry Milyovsky | 30 Apr 2014 14:04 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
She probably didn’t buy the scarf. I hear that thing doesn’t work well unless you get the scarf to go with it.

by Akaky | 30 Apr 2014 17:04 | New York , United States | | Report spam→

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