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Photojournalist, a sacrificed profession Report by the SCAM


Her name is Béatrice de MondenardShe comes to realize a cautionary report onphotojournalism, this report will be presented tonight at PerpignanThe Eye of Photography presents you today with these few words of introduction about the author.

“I’m a freelance journalist working in the fields of culture and media. I often work for Scam (France’s copyright collective) and they have commissioned this research into the conditions under which photojournalists work. I decided to give photographers every opportunity to have their say: who do they work for, what status do they have, how are they paid, how are they managing? Most photojournalists I contacted were more than willing to share their experiences, even if they were sometimes held back by fear of missing out on a backer or even coming across as a “loser” with an empty order book… Those among them who weren’t around to enjoy the good old days of the 1970-80s also said how fed up they were with talking about the profession’s woes and they they preferred to focus on solutions instead. This gave rise to the penultimate section, “Reinventing ourselves”, which shows how photographers’ are more than able to adapt. Throughout my research, I was marked by the gap between the profession’s demands and its impact on society, and the precariousness and deregulation to which it is subject.”
Béatrice de Mondenard

Read the report in PDF format (64p) here.
Read ” Le temps des propositions” in PDF format (2p) here.
(Only available in french)

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