I love Hoda Afshar's portraits and videos from Manus Island (it's Australia's Refugee Devil's Island - you go in but you n...
Friday, 19 February 2010
Figjam - I would sell on personality alone
My favourite quote from the gallerists I interviewed for the BJP was from the delightful Gemma Barnett of The Photographers' Gallery Print Sales.
"If I could start again, I would be tempted to sell on personality alone."
That is a a polite way of saying there are photographers with massive egos, egos which outweigh their talent and ability and, these ego-rich photographers might represent an overwhelming majority of photographers.
The sad thing is photography - galleries, magazines, academia - favour that kind of ego and the endless self-promotion that go with it. Endless proselytising of one's self, to the point where one actually believes it, is not consistent with a well-balanced, loving personality. Is there a middle way, or do you have to be an egomaniac to get ahead? Or just rich? Or well-connected? Or just capable of getting things finished and done? Or just capable of being able to put a few sentences together, or a few pictures, or stick to one idea and not wander off on a massive digression? Or all of the above?