PDN: What inspired you to start the site? Was it just a natural reaction to seeing Manjula Martin’s Who Pays Writers, or was there more to it?
WPP: The site was a simple reaction to Who Pays Writers, a site that was linked to a number of times during the recent Nate Thayer kerfuffle with the Atlantic. It seemed obvious that the photo industry could really benefit from having such a resource and I found it surprising that nothing of the sort existed.
PDN: Why the anonymity? Martin divulges her identity.
WPP: I’m maintaining anonymity because I’d like the site to simply be a reflecting board. Manjula Martin does a lot more editing and curating of opinions, alongside the rate quotes, so the site is (relatively) more about her. I’d be interested in moving in this direction possibly, but for now, handling the huge influx of submissions is already fairly time-consuming.
PDN: How have you promoted it?
WPP: The response has been a little overwhelming. For Monday alone, the site has had 15 thousand unique visits. Submissions come from surprising corners of the world (e.g. $26/day is the going rate for one Polish newspaper); on average, I receive three-to-six an hour depending on the time of day. I originally shared the site on Facebook with some fellow photographers; interest has snowballed via Reddit, Twitter, etc.
PDN: What are your goals for the site? How do you confirm the veracity of people’s submissions?
WPP: I hope the site will be a resource for new and established photographers. At times, I’ve found photographers can be quite secretive when it comes to talking about actual rates. As almost everything is anonymous, I have no way of confirming the quality of submissions; the data is public on the site and I hope that viewers who care to correct the record will simply submit their info on their experience. E.g. 4 reports on working for Le Monde will provide a fuller picture and possibly also, reveal which data point is inaccurate. For sure, this may lead to false info occasionally, but ideally, the info will be self-correcting.
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