Photo Assistants & Careers

From Assistant to Photographer: Jamie Magnifico’s Professional Transition

June 4, 2014

By David Walker

© Brett Johnson/photo by Jamie Magnifico

An ad campaign Jamie Magnifico shot for fashion designer Brett Johnson. They met when Essence magazine hired Magnifico to shoot a portrait of Johnson. 

Fashion and celebrity photographer Jamie Magnifico had a single-minded goal when he moved from Vermont to New York City in 2009. “I was interested in [becoming a photographer] as fast I could,” he says. “I definitely had no intention to assist [full- time]. I didn’t want to be anybody’s anything. You get stuck in a rut. You get comfortable.” To...

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