Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/11/25

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Subject: Re: [Leica] OT:Photo grad school.
From: David Rodgers <>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 12:16:46 -0800
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My goodness Mark, how about encouraging people to follow their dreams! 
There's nothing wrong with setting goals and accomplishing them, academic 
or otherwise.

As far as there not being any money in photography, over the past two 
months I've met a half dozen photographers who make extremely  good 
incomes. I know one photographer who just additional credentials and 
increased fees substantially; a portrait photographer who already averages 
around $4K net per client. Further, credentials can create opportunities on 
the lecture and training circuit down the road. And what's wrong with 
teaching others?

Portfolios are important, but so are credentials in this day and 
are awards... I know photographers who do photography as a hobby. Their 
real job is marketing and promoting their photography business.


At 01:17 PM 11/24/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>I guess you could show people your portfolio and on the last page have 
>your MFA
>instead of keeping it in your sock drawer.
>My point being:
>what for?
>what do you want to be when you grow up?
>I guess not a photographer. There's no money in that.
>Better to stick to the academic atmosphere.
>I'd hate to be you in school your pictures are better than your teachers are
>going to be and they are not going to be happy about that.
>I guess you could get your MFA and teach others to get THEIR MFA
>         who could then teach OTHERS to get their MFA.
>My thought is
>Life is too short and you're no spring chicken.
>Time to start your Freshman year in Reality!
>Be a photographer! Reality 101!
>As far as i go you ARE a photographer.
>It's time to graduate!
>Mark Rabiner
>(my personal opinion only copyright 2001 any resemblance to living creatures
>dead or alive is purely coincidental and should not be construed)
>Portland, Oregon USA

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