Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/02/23

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: photog's worth
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 10:15:28 -0500

It is, and I agree entirely. Thanks.

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[]On Behalf Of Bob
Keene/Karen Shehade
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 1999 8:53 AM
Subject: [Leica] Re: photog's worth


if this is the brochure you brought to the LUG get-together last weekend,
it was certainly worth every penny!
A very touching group of work!

Bob Keene

>Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 14:56:58 -0500
>From: "B. D. Colen" <>
>Subject: RE: [Leica] Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 11:36:59 -0500
> Not long ago I had a discussion with local children's hospital
>about doing photos for ads.  As we worked through things they finally
>said, we are a hospital and don't really have money for this and it is a
>good cause.  I pointed out the window at a parking lot full of Mercedes
>and BMWs and asked if I brought in one of my daughters whether the staff
>would do the service for free.
>That ended that negotiation.
>A few years back, when I was Director of Communications at a nationally
>known cancer research institution and hospital, I hired a very high profile
>documentary photographer to spend 10 days shooting what ever he wanted to
>give us a special publication that would show people what the institution
>was all about.
>I stressed to the photographer in question that we were a non-profit, and
>yadah, yadah, yadah...He gave us a "discount," and only charged $25,000
>What he also did, which I think says it all....He had to come back for an
>extra day to get shots in our clinic, for which he charged us a reduced
>of $1500. While there he met and shot a family that was obviously in dire
>financial straits - and he sent them a check for his entire fee for the
>And, in my opinion, that was exactly where his charity belonged, rather
>in the institution's pocket.
>And, by the way, the $25,000 really strained my budget, but it was worth
>every penny...