Thread Name: Freelancing for AP and/or Reuters|
|edgaredgar||Posted: 07-15-2004 3:10 PM|
| ||Need a little bit of advice. I shoot mostly for Brooklyn newspapers but am now wanting to shoot freelance for either AP or Reuters, because many times I go out and shoot in Manhattan which the Brooklyn papers have no need for. Basically, I would like another outlet for my photos.|
Does anyone know the best way to get in touch with either of these wire services for a portfolio review? Anyone with good or bad experiences from either? Or go check out my website at www.edgarmata.com and tell me if you think I'm "qualified" enough to even make this move.
Any and all help is appreciated, thanks
|prichardjames||Posted: 07-15-2004 5:17 PM|
| ||I haven't looked at your images so won't make any judgments there, but would say AP is not the most inspiring photo service out there. Many have credited 'The Contract', created by AP years back for the downfall/backsliding of photojournalism: they hire you for a small fee to shoot images which they own and potentially can make a bundle off of. Many photographers refuse to sign the contract. If it fits into your business model, great. I don't have a specific contact, but would look up Associated Press in the local phone book and give them a call. The local bureaus are in charge of gathering their stringers.|
I know nothing about Reuters.
|zemika||Posted: 07-16-2004 10:40 AM|
| ||In support of PrichardJames: Shooting for AP is not all it's cracked up to be. Sure it can sometimes open some great doors but a high percentage of the shooting is mundane, news gathering, similar to much of what Getty does. Think about the business - they need to satisfy their clients that they have pictures of as many major (and many not so major) events that occur every day on every part of the planet (and off planet too!!). This may suit some photographers but for many it is too formulaic and too focused on the sensational. And the pay isn't that great either. Check out http://www.ap.org/apjobs/index.html.|
Reuters is awesome, particularly with their alliance with Corbis. Far more latitude with regard to what you can shoot, when you can shoot it. But entry level is high. Sure you will get some similar jobs to those you would expect from AP but once you get established with Reuters and/or Corbis, and they trust you for your story selection and the quality of your work, a fair amount of autonomy comes your way. Try Tim Aubry - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other than that, there are a bunch of agencies in NY that may be interested in hosting your stuff and on-selling it, normally for a 50-50 split. You start to get assignments from them after a period of consistently good work. Check out the likes of Gamma, Sipa, Reflex, Redux.
Hope this helps.
|mdotpj||Posted: 07-17-2004 8:33 AM|
| ||Tim Aubury is no longer with REUTERS, try Win Mcname |
|mdotpj||Posted: 01-12-2005 9:27 AM|
| ||Win McName is no longer with REUTERS. Hr has gone to Getty Images.|
|yesikka||Posted: 01-20-2005 12:40 AM|
| ||I saw your site and I would say you would easily get a stringer contract with the AP. I'm an AP stringer in Miami and I can agree with most of the replies here. It's not what it used to be but, it will get you published and give you bragging rights. It will also hone your skills. Shooting for a wire service is very different to that of a paper. Even shooting for AP is different to other wire services. If you're still interested in the AP, just call up your local bureau which you can find at www.ap.org and ask to meet with the photo editor. It doesn't hurt to get your name around and AP will do that for you in the form of a world wide byline.|
|camerarts||Posted: 02-03-2005 12:24 AM|
| ||If you want to give Reuters a shot contact: Gary Hirshhorn,(Head Photog) (202)898-8333. Keep in mind that the image needs to have world wide interest. They do not use local interest images.|