Know your fellow photographers

The Chicago Sun Times laid of their whole photo department. Many people wrote and talked about this during the last weeks. One could say, that there is nothing more to say about that.

But then today I read this article:

We are the Chicago Sun-Times photography department

and this paragraph really shocked me:

The photo department had never been gathered in the same place at the same time, and many had never met before. The Sun-Times Media Group’s reach spreads across the greater Chicago area, and many of the photographers only knew each other from their photo credit bylines.

Honestly, I don’t understand why they never met, why some of them never even spoke with one another. Of course, I’m not saying that they would still have their jobs if they had met for coffee and a piece of cake once a month.

But on the other hand it is strange to say „we are the photography department“ if there is not really a „we„, as the members of this department do not even know each other in person.

Maybe the management saw them as just a bunch of photographers and not as their photo department. Maybe it’s harder to fire a team, that seems to generate, what managers call „synergy effects“, than 28 individuals that don’t even know each other and don’t seem to care much about that.

Maybe photographers should talk to one another more often. And not just about cameras and lenses!





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