One of my favorite Friday reads is the 10Q Interviews with Humanitarian Photographers on Heber Vega’s blog. As suggested by the title, he interviews a different humanitarian, travel, or culture photographer each week, asking them a similar series of questions and sharing several of their photos. I was fortunate to be interviewed by him a few months ago.
It is a wonderful resource for any photographer who works in the field or especially one who aspires to do this type of work. You can learn a great deal from the experiences of those who have been at it for awhile. This week’s edition, with photographer Jake Lyell, is especially candid about the process of becoming and working as a humanitarian photographer. As you can see from his responses, it is a slow, hard road requiring an incredible amount of persistence.
I encourage you to jump over there and have a look at these great interviews.
Map by Diego Gutierrez, 1562 – Peabody Museum, Harvard