The Perks of Collaboration

October 8, 2012

By Dzana Tsomondo

© Corey Arnold

A Corey Arnold photograph of a boy practicing his karate moves in a seasonal fishing village in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Advice and encouragement from his peers has helped Arnold build his career as a fine-art and commercial photographer.

If photography has dogmas—and what art form doesn’t—the idea that it is an inherently solitary pursuit remains one of the most enduring. The archetype of the photographer as lone wolf, more likely to be fiercely competing with peers than collaborating, remains strong in our collective imagination. Yet that archetype was never more outmoded than it is now. The rise of...

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