October 2, 2011
I recently came upon a well written and well thought out article by Djanka Gajdel, a Photographic Representative as well as an Art and Commerce Consultant, about the essential differences between professional and amateur photographers. I have always loved the definition of an 'amateur' given to us by Ernst Haas, often considered the 'father of color photography', during a photo workshop as meaning "a lover or devotee of an art or science". A number of professional photographers (myself included) enjoyed the status of amateur photographer before leaping into the world of the professional. The problem arises however when the amateur enters the world of the professional without the proper training or business knowledge.