“For The Exposure”: The New York Times
It seems that the frustration being felt by photographers who are finding themselves being asked to contribute their work, not for the monetary compensation but “for the exposure“ that will come with their work being seen on the requestors blog/newspaper/magazine etc, etc, etc, is not only being felt in the photographic community.
An opinion piece written by Tim Krieder for The New York Times today, points to the very familiar plight of he, the writer.
With the sardonic wit that only twenty years in the media seems capable of spawning, Krieder laments that, “Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again.”
Like any good journalist though, Krieder looks at the situation from the perspectives of both those who can afford to pay but choose not to, and those who can’t and will probably never be able to:
“In fairness, most of the people who ask me to write things for free, with the exception of Arianna Huffington, aren’t the Man; they’re editors of struggling magazines or sites, or school administrators who are probably telling me the truth about their budgets. The economy is still largely in ruins, thanks to the people who “drive the economy” by doing imaginary things on Wall Street, and there just isn’t much money left to spare for people who do actual things anymore.”
To read the article CLICK HERE.