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The Photojournalists' Cooperative: Join Us!

The Photojournalists Cooperative has gone viral. We have 800 members and growing fast…please join us!


We will help freelance photographers navigate fair deals in these challenging times for photojournalism, when prices and support from publications have dropped precipitously.

Supportive discussions should take place regarding print and the Internet. As the Internet continues to evolve, we need to push for better fees and protection for our work.

Also, we will help emerging freelance photographers keep their copyright and understand what a living wage looks like, in an age when photojournalism is sharply undervalued. The new de-facto paradigm undermines our future livelihoods and our business as a whole, and only through good information and awareness of our rights can we protect our interests.


This group is for working freelance photographers.

This group’s mission is to give freelance photographers a platform where they will exchange ideas and help each other maintain high standards as they navigate the dramatically changing business of
photography in the areas of: image licensing, contracts and copyright protection.

We believe that the more photographers know, the better it is for the marketplace.

by [a former member] at 2010-04-20 17:18:15 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Very cool. Just joined. Who started it?

by Brian C Frank | 20 Apr 2010 17:04 | Des Moines, Iowa, United States | | Report spam→
Looks interesting. Why is the group’s logo a big copyright symbol?

by Jonathan Lipkin | 20 Apr 2010 19:04 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Congratulations. The only bad thing is that i must join Facebook. Why don’t you create the group here? I am reluctant with facebook.

by Hernan Zenteno | 21 Apr 2010 03:04 (ed. Apr 21 2010) | Temperley, Argentina | | Report spam→
The site was started by a group of photographers. We thought this was important in current challenging business climate to have a place where photographers can go to get help and share information regarding contracts, copyright, and licensing images.
We chose Facebook because lot of photographers are on there already, young, new and established. And we wanted specifically a platform just for this (not other stuff). Face it , Facebook has become our rolodex. FB Group feature works well for this.

The site has gone viral, and has 1400 member in two days. We want people to bookmark the group, use it and contribute to it.


by [former member] | 21 Apr 2010 15:04 (ed. Apr 21 2010) | IN New York, United States | | Report spam→
just joined. Thanks!

by Willem de Lange | 22 Apr 2010 10:04 | Port Elizabeth, South Africa | | Report spam→
Joined the group, Facebook is great to get support for the cause, Yunghi, but for a group dealing with business practices wouldn’t a site that would allow for threads, searches on topics, resources, much more sense in the long run? Perhaps you will add that later.

by [former member] | 22 Apr 2010 13:04 | | Report spam→
There’s discussions tab, and you can see threads already started.

Facebook seems fastest way to do it and there’s already captive audience of photographers there too. We are up to 2,000 already in 4 days.
I think it’s a good platform.

Maybe Lightstalkers wants to start something more permanent with searchable topics, dedicate a specific but prominently displayed area for the topic of business of photography? And link it to FB TPC page?

The mission is to educate.


by [former member] | 22 Apr 2010 18:04 (ed. Apr 22 2010) | IN New York, United States | | Report spam→
Strength in numbers for our highly individualistic profession is the only way forward! Bravo.

by J.B. Russell | 23 Apr 2010 11:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
I think its a great initiative Yunghi…..I will share the link.

by [former member] | 23 Apr 2010 13:04 | | Report spam→
Alan, good luck with this, you guys need all the edge you can get these days…

by Akaky | 23 Apr 2010 23:04 | New York , United States | | Report spam→
Great work, guys, just joined…. any resource that lets us pool and share knowledge and support like this is great.

by Ed Giles | 24 Apr 2010 00:04 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Great stuff,
Got to tell the students out there about this!

by Aaron Lee Fineman | 27 Apr 2010 02:04 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Is this the same FaceBook that is infringing on everyones personal information and is under scrutiny itself for a lot of bad practices??

She’s right thanks.

by Stephen Dickson | 27 Apr 2010 10:04 | Home, New Zealand | | Report spam→

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Brian C Frank, Photographer Brian C Frank
Des Moines, Iowa , United States
Jonathan Lipkin, Professor, Photographer Jonathan Lipkin
Professor, Photographer
Brooklyn , United States
Hernan Zenteno, Photographer Hernan Zenteno
Buenos Aires , Argentina ( EZE )
Willem de Lange, Photographer Willem de Lange
Johannesburg , South Africa
J.B. Russell, Photographer J.B. Russell
Paris , France
Akaky, Contemptible lout Akaky
Contemptible lout
New York , United States ( AAA )
Ed Giles, Photojournalist Ed Giles
Sydney , Australia
Aaron Lee Fineman, Photographer Aaron Lee Fineman
New York City , United States
Stephen Dickson, Welder, photographer. Stephen Dickson
Welder, photographer.
(Go hard!)
Otago , New Zealand


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