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VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography by David duChemin

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Chapter Five. It’s a Brave New World

HAVING DINNER WITH JOE MCNALLY during my first trip to New York City, we were shooting the breeze and talking about “the industry,” among other things, and he alluded to how exciting and terrifying it was to be a photographer these days. Everything’s changing. Old models are dying without so much as a moment to say goodbye—or, if not dying, they’re in a constant and unpredictable state of flux. Exciting. Terrifying.

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After so many years of leaning on my creativity to make a living, I more often come down on the side of exciting. Where once we might have been hesitant to carve our own path, to take risks to ...

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