Lori Hepner is as much a scientist as a photographer, so our one hour meeting was spent thinking outside of the usual photography box to target more technologically inclined institutions.
Erika Plummer seemed to have a Eureka! moment about an incident (somewhat crazy) she had experienced and had begun photographing. Should she continue and develop this project? I was gripped by the story and encouraged her to go make this special thing happen. In an hour, we nailed what the angle should be.
Rocio De Alba has deep, emotional, personal projects under her belt and when you work in isolation sometimes it helps to sit and talk about everything you are doing and decide what is worth spending most energy on. We spent two hours and covered a lot of ground.
What’s working, what’s next
The Image Troopers are two photographers I met when I was a guest speaker at a week-long celebration of photography in Norway in 2012. A year or so later we were working together to define and develop the project on which they collaborate. Since then we have spent several hours on Skype and in person as they continue with their successes.
Pej Behdarvand consulted with me for an hour about a new project, very different to his usual work, that he had started and planned to continue. We focused on what was the most important story he was trying to tell with the photographs, discussed what elements were working in what he had already produced, and I gave him goals to achieve with the next round of shooting.
David Goldman and I collaborate on an ongoing basis. I have edited hundreds of images, helped lay out his websites, advised him before and after trips abroad, discussed social media campaigns and generally provide an ongoing ear.
Eric Pickersgill needed help navigating hundreds of requests for his photographs when his series “Removed” went viral overnight. I have converted dozens of publications who claimed they had no budget into paying customers, raised license agreements, wrangled interviews, negotiated contracts, and continue to bill and collect license fees.
Trupal Pandya is just graduating from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology but already has a lot of experience under his belt. At his graduate exhibition he mentioned increasing interest in his photographs. I will be licensing images and whatever else Trupal needs as he returns to make new portraits with remote tribes later this year.
The Estate of Yousuf Karsh entrusts me with all the rights and clearances in North America for Karsh’s enormous catalog.
Editions, pricing, curating
Stefan Falke hired me to consult with him on an ongoing basis regarding his project “Border Artists,” in which he photographs and interviews artists working in all media on either side of the US-Mexico border. We collaborated on his solo exhibition at Photoville in New York, and I curated the limited edition boxed set of photographs for his collectors, establishing edition sizes and pricing.
Loli Kantor and I have been through a couple of different bodies of work, editing for exhibit and for festival entries, and reworking her statements. We hashed out thoughts on editions and pricing. Loli has so many things to juggle, we narrowed down her priorities.
Editing and sequencing
Christian Nilson’s goals were to narrow down a number of images to between 6 and 20 that he could use for competitions, presentation, and his website. Sometimes you just need another set of eyes to sort through and highlight which are the most engaging images that tell the story quickest. After sending him the edit and sequence we had a 10 minute Skype chat, Zurich to Brooklyn.
Stan Raucher and I worked together on editing and sequencing one of his fantastic projects, cheerfully hashing out the final series together over the phone.
Laura Migliorino hired me to go over her website and tighten things up a bit. We’ve also talked about everything from attending portfolio reviews to online promotion to project statements to print editions.
I used TeamViewer when working online with Rupert Warren, a Brit in Berlin. For about an hour we went through his various images, narrowed down portfolios on his website, focused on the sort of work he really wants to do, and did a tiny bit too much giggling.