“How in the world do you make a living as a humanitarian photographer?” That is the question, implied or direct, that I get asked almost every week. My answers don’t always satisfy, so I asked nine photographers that specialize in humanitarian photography if and/or how they augment their earnings from this type of photography to sustain their business. OK, I really asked ten, but that last photographer never responded…probably out of Twitter, Facebook, email, phone and Skype range.
As you will see, these photographers have found solutions that are varied and creative. Passion drives this arena of photography. Resourcefulness sustains it.
I personally augment our earnings by shooting stock for Getty Images. Click on this link for a video of some of that work: Getty Images.
Make sure you check out the links for the featured photographers as well as their blog posts, podcasts and books. You will learn a lot and go away inspired to make a difference with your photography.
I will roll out these posts over three days. Today I want to introduce you to David duChemin, Mario Mattei and Karl Grobl. Come back the next two days for the other six photographers. None of us can take too much goodness in one day!
All photographs are Copyrighted by the individual photographers.