What is a 'Pro' Photographer, really?

Started Feb 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
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GeraldW Veteran Member • Posts: 6,949
Re: If You are Paid Anything - You are a Pro

Was Henri Cartier-Bresson a "pro"?  Ansel Adams certainly was.  Cartier-Bresson didn't do it for the money.  Yet both had far reaching influence on the art.

Is it Money, or is it "professionalism" and the standards that accompany it, that makes a photographer a true Professional.

In most sports, professional simply means you do it to earn money and are good enough to be in the upper reaches of the sport.   In golf, it has a much more rigid definition.  You become certified by the PGA as a touring or teaching professional.  In photography, you can rent a store front, set up a studio, and hang out a sign saying John Doe, Professional Photographer.

I guess, to earn the title, Professional; it should not be self-proclaimed.  Except in photography, who else will bestow the title????

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