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Photography Careers by Mark Jenkinson

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Chapter 3

GRADUATE SCHOOL AND BEYOND TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Graduate School

My assistant’s quandary was typical …

I can always tell when assistants are ready to move on by how often they check their emails as we are driving to a shoot. George (not his real name) was four years out of school and his career was blowing up; he had just been named in the Photo District News “Thirty under Thirty” list, he was getting his first story published in National Geographic, he was beginning to exhibit regularly in group shows at top galleries in Chelsea, and his editorial career was going gangbusters. As I drove I knew that this was probably going to be the last time we would work together. I would miss him, but he had outgrown me and it was time for him to ...

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