I was fortunate. I came up in photography during a slower time. There were real budgets, no Internet, no mobile phones smaller than a toaster oven and let us not forget the innocence of the pager. Print was the focal point of our photographic lives. (It still is for many of us.)
Today we leave in the Digital Age, and if your life as a photographer is spent in the online space you may or may not know about print. You may not know that in the actual, professional photography world print is still very relevant. In fact, some would say it is as important as ever.
Print cuts through the noise. Print shows you can edit, sequence, design and encapsulate and it shows you can apply critical thought, extended critical thought to your work and the context in which you thrive or survive as an image-maker.
Every single serious photographer I know wants a book deal. Every one. Some will get one, others won’t but it won’t stop the pursuit. I’ve never been one to draw lines in the sand. Nope, I leave that to amateurs. The smart photographer uses everything at their disposal, picking and choosing on a project by project basis.
As for print, I have many thoughts.