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The State of Professional Photography Back in 1946

Want to know what the professional photography industry was like over half a century ago, and what advice was commonly given to aspiring professionals? Check out this 10-minute vocational guidance film from 1946 that offers a quick overview of the various types of photography that people went pro in at the time. Suggested careers include portrait photography, commercial photography, and photojournalism. Here’s how the video starts off:

Photography is often called “the universal hobby.” It is a means of creative expression within the reach of people in all walks of life, and it speaks a language that everyone can understand.

The camera lens is a mechanical eye: seeing everything, and recording everything. It captures actions that will never again be repeated.

It’s fascinating to see how much the industry has changed in some ways, while remaining virtually unchanged in others. The brief glimpses of negative retouching are probably quite foreign to many modern day photographers, while the tip on starting photography as a hobby first is still heeded by many an aspiring photographer today.

(via The Atlantic via ISO 1200)


 
  • sierrarobba

    “The brief glimpses of negative retouching are probably quite foreign to many modern day photographers,”No its not just for kids with phone camera.

  • mbjackson

    mmmm…hands in the chemistry. And just smell that stop bath. I’m surprised they all aren’t smoking in these while working.

  • sierrarobba

    Stop bath is nothing! Smell c41 :)) bleach

  • fuzzywuzzy

    With the exception of physically retouching negatives and making analog prints, everything they said in that video is still applicable today. Quite interesting.