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"Being a Good Photographer" Transcript
David Hume Kennerly:

It was important for me to get right back into doing what I do and not let the Pulitzer Prize adversely affect my life, because I think it has some people. But it did provide me then a launch pad, and I'm sure it helped me get the job with Life magazine.

But at the end of the day, it's not the prize, it's the person behind the camera taking the pictures that counts. Being a good photographer is one element in producing good photographs. You have to have a certain amount of bravado to do it. But I think you have to be a super salesman because I think getting in and out of someone's lives and convincing them that you should come in and take pictures when they probably don't want to do it. Being discreet.

People have to trust you. That you're not going to repeat what they say. And being a logistician, where you're not only getting the pictures shot, but you got to get them out or else they're no good to your publication.

The taking pictures part really is a small percentage of the big package.

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