From the desk of Michael I. Price
A MANIFESTO FOR THE NEW YEAR
I was once a photographer. I knew about apertures and shutter
speeds. I could develop film and make black & prints in the darkroom.
I traveled the world on assignments. I met famous and interesting
people. I ate at Cafe Boulud. Times have changed.
People want everything for free. "E-mail me that photo," I hear a
countless times each day. "Don't hold your breath," I want to
respond. Nobody pays for music, and nobody wants to pay for
I may sound bitter of cynical, but I'm not. I'm a bit older with a little
less patience and energy. I'm still capable of making captivating and
amusing images, but who wants them?
Every now and then someone refers to me as "a photographer," and
I have to correct them. "I'm just a monkey with a camera."
And if you're planning to contact me about an assignment, please be
clear: Do you want me to use a camera or an iPhone?
Best wishes for 2015,
Michael I. Price