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    TETRAGRAMATON
    23 Jan 2012 - 10:17 PM

    Hello Guys.

    I would like to ask for some advice on how to approach or contact a photo agents. I send already quite few emails to different London based photographer-agents but I didn't receive any replays yet and I was thinking, apart of my portfolio not been good enough, that is very likely the way I approach them wasn't the right one. Please share experiences or any information that may help with this one. By the way I'm not sure if this is the best option in my case as I'm trying, after I lost my day job, to go freelancer on full time bases.

    Thanks.
    Nikolay.

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    Graflex
    Graflex  11488 forum posts United Kingdom
    24 Jan 2012 - 9:40 AM

    If submitting to an agent first thing to remember is lay off the photoshop techniques..unless you wish to work in the editorial office somewhere chipping away at skin tones and adding false colours.Editors don't like that...they make those decisions.

    Show your work as it really is,but remember you are up against thousands of other applicants.Maybe all doing the same thing...agents need something to hang your hat on,in otherwords A STORY.
    A beginning,middle and end.You need to submit a synopsis with the photograph(s)

    Newsworthy pictures sell.Don't send mail,goes in the bin if they don't know you,ring them and get details or look on the concerned website.

    Submitting the odd picture here and there,you might strike lucky with a cheque occasionally,but thats chicken feed,Im talking a constant stream of published pictures not rejects.


    Been there,(Fleet St),and done it....blo.......hard work though.

    contemporary dave

    There's an article in this months issue of Professional Photographer about agents.

    JackAllTog
    JackAllTog e2 Member 53471 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Jan 2012 - 5:48 PM

    They also have known proven photographers already in place, so they would rather buy from known repeatable photographers where they can - good suppliers are worth keeping.
    If you have something they don't then you have an "in".

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