On Difficulty in Securing Performance Photos
June 6, 2016
Recently, planning to attend a cabaret show for which I was unable to secure a photographer, I wrote to the performer requesting that if she couldn’t arrange a professional photographer (understandable), she at least should have a friend take some good Smart Phone images. Performance photos are ALWAYS preferable. They accurately reflect to readers what we’ve seen as well as making a review more presentable for PR purposes.
I was heartened to see a photographer at the show and got in touch with the vocalist afterwards. She had not received images. I waited, assuming the photos would be forthcoming. Two days later, I got the same response. Most of us endeavor to get pieces up in a timely fashion, especially if there are more shows to come. It was, I think, another two days before the artist suggested I contact her director as the photographer was her friend—not lifting a finger to her own benefit. I did so.
The director had not been asked for photos by her client. She gave me the photographer’s contact information and I wrote to him. He, in turn, had been asked for photos by neither of the women. Excuse me if I’m a bit incredulous here. I’m hoping to receive images today.
If you don’t help us, we can’t help you. You should care about how you’re represented. We live in a visual age, especially on the internet. Participate in your careers.