The Working Lives project grew out of a discussion at a branch meeting last year, at the height of the furore surrounding the Hacked Off campaign and the Leveson enquiry. Photographers of all kinds were being maligned as a result of allegations about the behaviour of a very small number of so-called paparazzi, and it seemed clear that the public at large had little idea of the great variety of work that photojournalists do on a daily basis.
This video, an interview with Anne-Marie Sanderson, chief photographer at North London & Herts News, is the first of what we hope will be a series about the working lives of the photographer and videographer members of the LPB. The aim of the project is to show, to the public at large, the range of their work, their motivations for doing it, and the problems they sometimes face. It will also hopefully appeal to potential new members, both those already in the industry, and college students and graduates hoping to enter it.
Anne-Marie is unusual in being a staff photographer. The vast majority of LPB members are freelancers, and the branch plans to follow this pilot with interviews that cover the wide range of specialisms and working practices that they are engaged in. This first piece offers an insight into the complexity and value of local newspaper photography, on how it is changing as more and more of it moves online, and the crucial support provided by the union when disputes arise.
If you would like to be involved, either as an interviewee, or in planning the project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.