92% photographers out of work, 86% reduction in turnover due to COVID

92% photographers out of work, 86% reduction in turnover due to COVID
(Image credit: James Artaius)

An astonishing 92% of wedding and studio photographers have found themselves out of work, leading to an 86% drop in turnover, due to the lockdown and restrictions placed on the photographic industry over the past year.

It's no secret that the pandemic, and the measures to control and contain it, have decimated industries across the board. However, for social photographers shooting weddings, engagements, portraits, newborns and families, as well as editorial and commercial photographers shooting for clients and companies, the effect has been devastatingly profound. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.