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Exposed: Inside the Life and Images of a Pro Photographer by Michael Clark

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Chapter 13. Be Prepared to Suffer

“The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.”

— GORDON PARKS

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Professional surfer Dylan Longbottom surfing a sizable wave at the legendary surf break Teahupo’o in Tahiti.

As you will notice, I chose to leave this topic until late in the book because it isn’t an upbeat chapter. It is a reality check—and an intense one at that. By now, I’m sure you’ve realized that shooting in some genres of photography can involve a fair amount of suffering. Such distress builds character—or at the very least it makes for an interesting story, which was half the premise behind this book. Not every photo shoot ...

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