Before we go any further ( we spoke about the Ipad here already anyways), we need to point out something extremely important. There are people in this industry, when they talk, you listen. Jonathan Klein is one because who knows what other damage he will create with his roller company  and he lies a lot ( according to Klein. “We were the first people in the world to sell an image online,”). Ellen Boughn is another.

For those who don’t know Ellen ( are they any?) , let me explain : Ellen is one of these extremely rare person that have done it all. From editorial, to commerial stock, royalty free and Microstock, she has been deeply involved in every facet of this industry. Unlike others, she has gotten herself dirty with all aspects of licensing images from production to sales, from little to giant corporation. She has seen everything and pays attention to everything. She has an insight that is only surpassed by her intelligence. There is nothing that scares her and she has the curiosity of a 10 year old. She has met everybody that is anybody in this business and yet respects everyone the same way. She has a passion for photography that would put to shame anyone. She is so good that his master himself, Henri Cartier Bresson, offered her a signed print, something that he extremely rarely did.

To top it all, she is an independent thinker. She will tell you things the way they are, regardless of the consequences. She knows no camp but excellence and truth. Her incisive mind can be brutally honest  because she is not scared of anything or anyone.  She is an encyclopedia of knowledge that you will never read anywhere ( unless she publishes more books). She is one of the reason why I love this industry so much : It attracts some of the smartest, intelligent, witty, knowledgeable people on the planet. People with a vast culture and yet  constantly curious about everything.

Why do I write this ? Because Ellen has started her on blog. And if you only read one thing, that should be it. Amateur, pro, super pro, whatever side of this industry you are, this should be the first thing you read. You will never be offered such a rewarding experience, for free. So, stop reading this and go bookmark her blog and hold on to you socks.

We are not worthy..

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5 Thoughts on “Did you know ?

  1. ellen boughn on January 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm said:

    I am truly humbled.

  2. wow… really lovely words! Ellen’s blog is going to be a new reference and, just to make an example, this is a great post:
    Two Class System – Where Do You Live In Phototown?

  3. ellen boughn on January 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm said:

    Because you are the conscience of the stock photo business and a half full guy, I’m finding that some of your readers can’t believe that you are saying such wonderful things about me and actually mean them. They think you are being sarcastic. But I set them straight and tell them that I paid you $200,000 to write about me 🙂

  4. I mean every single word…no sarcasm here.

  5. devinenicolas on January 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm said:

    Dear Ellen,

    I totally agree with Paul.

    I met you very briefly in Prague at the Cepic and I must say I was very impressed with your pitch !

    Nicolas Clément
    Agent –

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