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12-12-09, 10:30 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Peter, I'm afraid that the success of one picture might not do it for you. I've been selling pictures for 30 years, however in the past specialist magazines bought pictures and commissioned work. That was a long time ago though, and my photo interests have changed with age. I'm a better photographer now than I ever was before, however, there are simply thousands of better photographers out there who have the contacts as well as the skill factor requirements.
I started with newspapers, then on to magazines, but the reality is that with around 50 publications under my belt I still find it hard to sell much. Today, I have around 4000 images online in photo libraries. I live in China, where you might think my photography might interest UK or indeed Western publications. But again, reality kicks in, because I guess I don't live in more fanciful Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong, where most of the Chinese published images come from. It matters not that I have often got better images, I just don't have a foot in the door like I had in the past.
I have acquired an interest in fine art and photojournalism over the past few years and am just about to be involved in my first exhibition, which will have 150 images showing restoration work on ancient Ming houses. One hundred of the images will be mine, but I'm not holding my breath for frame and fortune.
As others have indicated, start with the local press. See how things go on from there. By the way, congrats on your 2nd place. Truly, a smashing image!
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