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Assisting the Professional Photo Assistant

In this interview NYC-based photographer Jesse Dittmar joins the show to discuss his experiences with socially-distanced photography in the Big Apple. We also discuss the challenges of hiring and being a photographer’s assistant an also some of the challenges underprivileged (not rich) aspiring photographers face when considering starting a career in photography through assisting.


About Jessee:

Jesse Dittmar is a portrait photographer working with publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post and brands like Apple and Hulu. The New Yorker, People, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and New York Magazine have all published his work.

He has photographed the most accomplished figures of the 21st century, including Denzel Washington, Tom Brady, Serena Williams, Tom Hanks, Patti Smith, David Letterman, the cast of Star Wars, and hundreds of more.

Typically using black and white film, Jesse’s photographs invoke a sense that one is standing in front of the subject along with him. He humanizes our most renowned figures and photographs those who are not famous in an equalizing manner.

His portraits are iconic in their simplicity and intimacy.

Instagram: @jessedittmar
Website: www.jessedittmar.com

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