Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Des évangéliques version catho

Courrier International

Pardon my French. That was the title of the article published last week in the French weekly magazine Courrier International, illustrated with my photos of the El Shaddai religious group in the Philippines. The photos were actually shot on assignment for The Wall Street Journal a few months ago.

Which reminds me of a golden rule for freelance photographers. My very first photography teacher was obsessed with this rule. A few years later, a photography legend with whom I took a workshop, repeated the same rule again and again, like a Buddhist mantra: "Always own your photos".

Sam and David are great teachers and with them I learned (I hope) much more than this, but this lesson by itself would have been worth it. Always keep the copyright to your photos. They are your future, your legacy as a photographer and, like in this case, you never know when you will be able to sell them again.


  1. I absolutely agree with you. Un abrazo

  2. Hi Nacho,

    I didn't know you spoke French !

    I hope you are doing well. If your photography is any indication, you are.


  3. And I am sure it applies also to writers. Un abrazo, Paco.

  4. Hi Sam!

    Hope all is well.

    I am doing great, thanks. Very focused on my photography and really enjoying it. I still remember those first classes at the WSP. Good lessons you taught!

    Best regards,