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The nerve!

I received this actual e-mail this afternoon. I’m so sick of seeing messages like this… Perhaps someone could suggest an appropriate response:

“The ###### Sports Association is looking for a professional photographer to officially cover the #### Memorial Cup, the annual #### football tournament. The tournament starts on 26th of May. The semifinals will be on 4th of June and the final on the 5th. All events will take place at ####.

Most events that will need to be covered will take place during the afternoon and early evening hours.

In addition to action shots from matches and posed team shots, our sponsors have requested coverage of ‘###### football culture’ and the tournament environment as well, from a photo-journalistic perspective.

Due to a lack of funding, ###### cannot provide monetary compensation. However, an allowance to cover taxi fare to and from the ground each day will be provided. Also, upon successful completion of the assignment, ###### will provide an official letter of reference for the photographer. The photos are guaranteed to be published both in ########## and by our sponsors in #######. It is a great portfolio builder.

As part of the agreement, ###### must be given full rights to all photos taken.

If you are interested, please contact ######## ##### as soon as possible and be prepared to show some samples of your work.

Thank you!"

by Peter Aronson at 2012-04-21 16:43:15 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Sorry but who cares? They don’t appreciate your work so don’t waste your time on sending them any other answer than “fuck you”. You won’t stop them asking for free photo coverage but you can disturb them ;-)

by Paul K. | 21 Apr 2012 23:04 | Munich, Germany | | Report spam→
ooooh, Taxi fare! Wow. Just tell them that you had to come from Uttar Pradesh, and charge accordingly, .555 USD per mile.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 22 Apr 2012 00:04 | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
Good idea, John. Don’t you love the fact that they have “sponsors” who have requested coverage, but they “cannot provide monetary compensation”? I mean what exactly is a “sponsor” for?

by Peter Aronson | 22 Apr 2012 05:04 | Dharamsala, India | | Report spam→
Perhaps you could politely ask them if they would like you to pay THEM for having this great opportunity of getting free taxi rides and a reference letter?

Actually it’s perhaps better just not to waste your time by answering them – and hope that no-one will be stupid enough to accept their proposal.

by Laura Larmo | 22 Apr 2012 09:04 | Milan, Italy | | Report spam→
Agree to a barter.
Tell them you will do it, if they come around and unblock your toilet, dig some ditches around the garden, and knock down some walls in the new house you are renovating. Tell them you will give them some references and a cup of tea as well, which is more than they are offering you. And be sincere.

by Mikethehack | 22 Apr 2012 10:04 | Way up my own ass, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Surely they have included, in their budget, a big amount of money for this coverage but they will create an invoice with photoshop or trough “friends”. They know there are many photographers who just desire to be published so they would do this work for free.

by Luca Tommasini | 22 Apr 2012 11:04 | Islamabad, Pakistan | | Report spam→
name and shame ;-D jr

by John Robinson | 22 Apr 2012 14:04 | Durban, South Africa | | Report spam→
Hahahaha thats again one of these mails.

But recently I got totally freaked out by a personal email from Anton Hammerl. Yup, indeed, from his actual email address a year after he died. Some total fucked up person is sending spam through his email account or a robot somewhere. It is some Get-Rich-Fast website….I now regret I deleted the email, I should have thrown it at the sharks here.

Fuck you whoever you are!!!

by Tom Van Cakenberghe | 22 Apr 2012 18:04 | Kathmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→
You can reply by sending this video, maybe they’ll understand ;):

by Olivier Chwaiki | 22 Apr 2012 21:04 | Montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
I love the fact that they also wanted “posed team shots” and pictures of “football culture”. One hopes that would have included hooligans beating the shit out of the organizers.

That’s totally fucked up about Hammerl. He did some great humanitarian work and made some portraits that really brought out the humor and humanness in his subjects in a way most people never did. Desmond Tutu in boxing gloves! Ha! Most people don’t see the side he did. Disgraceful. No respect.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 22 Apr 2012 22:04 | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→

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Peter Aronson, Housing Revolutionary Peter Aronson
Housing Revolutionary
(Radio producer + photographer)
Mexico City , Mexico ( MEX )
Paul K., Paul K.
Munich , Germany
John Louis Lassen Perry, Photoanthropologist John Louis Lassen Perry
Califon, New Jersey , United States
Laura Larmo, Photographer Laura Larmo
Helsinki , Finland
Mikethehack, Freelance thril performer Mikethehack
Freelance thril performer
Way Up My Own Ass , United Kingdom
Luca Tommasini, Freelance Luca Tommasini
Cairo , Egypt
John Robinson, Photographer John Robinson
(works with light)
Pigeon Club , South Africa
Tom Van Cakenberghe, Tom Van Cakenberghe
Kathmandu , Nepal
Olivier Chwaiki, Photographer Olivier Chwaiki
Montreal , Canada


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