Last week I had a spirited discussion over on APE about whether young photographers should be encouraged to make a career out of photography. You can read the dialog here.¬† It’s getting pretty heated over there.
I’ve been wondering for some time if photographers shouldn’t band together to share expenses like production companies do in the film industry. Why not share the cost of a studio and gear and insurance and mailing lists and a studio manager and a reatoucher? That is what companies do when they consolidate businesses: put everything under one roof and you lower your costs. Sure, I know that everyone is going to start freaking out about copyright to their images, but all that has to be done is written agreements that say that each photographer in the Photographer’s Collective Corporation owns copyright to their images and then you are all fine. I also think that photographers’ egos prevent them from joining forces with other photographers.
Reps could do this. It would be added responsibility for them, but I think this may have to happen for photographers to continue to enter the business at a high level.
I know some photographer co-ops have been formed. I wonder if others are soon to follow?