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Neil Gavin

given half the chance i would bathe perry ogden daily in personally procured yaks milk to work with him. how and why did you initially approach working for him ? how important is it, do you think, for a photographer to work as an apprentice before breaking out on their own ?

I had seen Perry’s fashion pictures in a number of British magazines at the time and noticed how many of the shoots had been done in Ireland. After some research I found out he lived in Dublin. He was the only photographer I knew of in Ireland who worked internationally. I called his studio a few times and eventually got to meet him and show him some of my work. Soon after, I began working as a 3rd assistant on shoots in Dublin and not long after that I made the jump to first assistant. Nowadays, a lot of photography students consider themselves more as artists and are therefore more inspired by photography theorists rather than other photographers.   It really depends on the type of work you would like to do. To have a career as a fashion, portrait or commercial photographer, I think you must work as an assistant. Apart from learning a lot of the aesthetic and technical aspects involved, you also get to meet a lot of potential future clients. It can be difficult to get a foot in the door of many magazines if you don’t have any contacts...

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