It was Shaina Fishman’s dream to become a fashion photographer after graduating from Syracuse University in 2004. Within a couple of years, she was traveling the world as Peter Lindbergh’s digital tech, and seemed on track for the career she’d envisioned. But Fishman has emerged far from the world of haute couture. She is instead photographing dogs and cats in...
October 6, 2016
Brian Guido’s career got off to a false start in 2014. After assisting for five or six years, an opportunity to shoot a national campaign for Kraft Lunchables fell into his lap. “It was a whirlwind,” he says. He shot the job with confidence, but looking at the photographs a week or two afterwards, he had an existential crisis. “I... More »
July 7, 2016
Kate Owen had no strategic plan for launching a photography career, other than to move to New York City with her camera and her moxie, and take any work she could find. Last year, she shot her first cover for Paper magazine—a photograph of #Horror star Chloé Sevigny covered in (fake) blood “that sort of blew up all over the... More »
April 15, 2016
Working as a photo assistant can provide a great grounding in photographic technique and the fundamentals of running a business. It’s also, for some assistants, a steady and reliable way to earn income. Leaving that behind to launch a solo photo career takes some planning, persistence and a lot of enterprise. In these interview excerpts, former assistants explain what it... More »