Back in 2004, three professional image makers – Richard Kenward, Steve Climpson & Martin Orpen – launched a very different discussion list. It was different in that only full-time, professional photographers and selected professionals such as web designers, graphic designers etc., would be able to join. We now have members in many countries.
Every member is checked for their full-time status and ability before being allowed to join. This is to keep the membership and the discussions to a high standard. The idea being that, as professionals, we all had valuable experience and know-how to offer and by every member “pooling” their knowledge we would all be in a stronger position to succeed in an ever changing and demanding market place.
At the heart of PI is the discussion forum where any topic that has something to do with the running of a photographic business is discussed and valuable help is provided 24/7. Click here to see what was discussed in previous weeks.
What started out as a simple discussion list quickly developed well beyond this because we found ourselves in situations where we could make a real difference if we got involved, so we did!
Recent campaigns have involved Orphan Works and Copyright legislation. A long running campaign we started and nurture is the Artist bill of Rights campaign. This aims to reduce the number of poor photo competitions attempting to ‘collect’ photographers images for nothing or next to nothing. Link to ABoR.
Our campaigning has been good for members because we have been able to change attitudes and policies and it’s also resulted in our message being heard far and wide.
The very modest annual membership fee funds the running of PI, which includes the promotion of our members, the all important campaigns and future developments. Because we do not take advertising or sponsorship we are able to say exactly what needs saying to the industry movers and shakers.
Join us and make a difference to your business and the photography industry.