Music industry underpays and undervalues photographers

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Leah Robertson

Music photographers are often paid next to nothing – or nothing at all - for arduous 12 hour days and asked to feel grateful for the opportunity.

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Last week signalled the end of this year’s run of summer music festival shoots. The final one, Golden Plains, played out under gear-meltingly hot weather and left me exhausted days after. I reckon I clocked two twelve hour days of shooting, plus another maybe ten hours of editing. I was paid $300 for my work - flat, without allowances for travel, nor additional compensation for post-production. The pictures were published on a widely-read major entertainment website.

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Leah Robertson is a Melbourne-based freelance photographer working mainly in music, events and other editorial.