D&B: Why did you decide to remain with The New York Times for this long?
CH: The NYT is the most influential newspaper in the world. Working at the NYT offers me the daily opportunity to exercise my eyes with each new assignment. It gives me a unique window into the various levels of our society. I love my job. The constancy of having such a job gives me the financial freedom to save and do the research necessary to execute my personal projects.
|Copyright Chester Higgins, Jr.|
Q. What advice do you have to give on the business side of photography to aspiring photographers?
CH: I believe that in order to make a living as a photographer, you must see yourself as a business. Your skill is your eye. Your product is your images. In order to make money, you have to find your market. That means finding who or what entity is willing to pay you for your skill; there is immense competition so you need to do something to stand out from the crowd. Finally, there is the issue of getting paid. This requires more skills: knowing how to make an invoice and calculating what you think your labor is worth as well as your expenses.