Published photographer?

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  1. KMH_86

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    Hey all, if I’m commissioned by an advertising/marketing company to capture some images and then they are used to digitally advertise them for their client, would that technically make me a “published” photographer?

    If I’m commissioned to capture photos of a local company who is paying for an advertisement in a golf magazine, when the ad is ran would this technically make me a published photographer?

    I’m not looking to boast either way I’m just a little confused about what truly constitutes someone as being a published photographer. Thank you!


     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I would say so, yes.
     
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    waday Do one thing every day that scares you Supporting Member

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    I don't know. I think it depends on (1) how you define "publish" and (2) the subsequent use of the word publish in a phrase such as, "I'm a published photographer". I feel like there's a slight nuance to the word that may be lost or misinterpreted depending on context.
     
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    Tirediron, is it simply because my photos are being distributed publically?

    Waday, why does it seem like it’s a grey area and the word publish is open to interpretation?

    Thanks!
     
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    If your photographs are published then you are clearly a published photographer - it doesn't mean anything else, mind.

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    Like many things in this world (including your questions), it's not necessarily black and white. For example, I write reports for clients, and those reports are publicly available. But, I wouldn't consider myself "published" for writing those reports.
     
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    Above 100%, as I had a lot of my own images published in a book with some others to give to a very ill young girl.
     
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    "Published" is a well understood word. If you have a photo in the document that is published then you are a published photographer.
     
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    Now that you mention it, that makes me a published artist. Whoo-Hoo!
     
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    That's my take on it, yes. A more narrow ('though potentially no less correct) might be that a "published photographer" is one whose work has been published explicitly because it was his/her work; in other words: If I create images for a client who then publishes them as part of an annual report or prospectus, it doesn't count, whereas, if "Photographic Weekly" features my work because it's allegedly of a superior quality, that would count.
     
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    Exactly.

    This is what I mean by nuance. Or call it the spirit of the term.

    I’ve had photos featured on Instagram by Canon and a local magazine. Does that mean I’m published? To me, absolutely not. But if you have a strict definition, anyone could be published by just posting on social media. Or, make a website. Or, print out a photo and hang it up on a bulletin board.
     
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    I was once commissioned to make a drawing of a project that was published in the local paper. Got paid. Got published. Forgot about it until now.

    Plus I've done some free work as well, but it happens so rarely that it hardly seems worth keeping track of.
     
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