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Who Do Photographers Work With?

November 1, 2013 IADT General 0 Comments

Who Do Photographers Work WithDepending on the line of work they pursue, photographers might work with a variety of people in a variety of situations. These situations can include freelancing work, studio work or work in a more corporate environment.

But what about the people who work with photographers? Learn more here:


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, models work for artists and photographers “in order to help advertise a variety of products, including clothing, cosmetics, food and appliances.” Models are most often related to the fashion industry, but can work with photographers to create other advertisements.

Photographers might be expected to interview models and select certain models for certain campaigns. On set, they might also be expected to instruct and pose models.


Photo editors often work in print industry. This can include newspapers or magazines—which can either employ photographers directly or buy photos from freelancers.

Editors are responsible for assigning projects or stories to photographers. They are also responsible for editing film, critiquing the photographer’s work and managing training.

Photojournalist Nancy L. Ford says, “A larger newspaper or magazine might have a Managing Editor of Photography and Graphics that supervises a Photo Director who supervises a team of Photo Editors who work with the photographers, page designers and lab technicians.” Photographers could be expected to work with all of these individuals for various reasons.

Photographers might also work with:

  • Advertising
  • Personal Clients
  • Reporters
  • Compositors
  • Photographic Process Machine Operators
  • Photoengravers and Lithographers
  • Camera and Equipment Repairers

Photographers can work with the same people repeatedly (especially if they are freelancing and maintaining a client list) or they can work with a variety of people in a corporate environment. Either way, photographers must be able to work well with other people.


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