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Old 01-20-2007, 04:20 PM
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Default How to Hire a Fixer (Guide)???

The allure, yet challenging aspects of travel photography are many, and these include: amazing but strange locations, language barriers, cultural sensitivities and (sometimes) security issues.

That said, I'm looking for general information on hiring a Fixer (Guide).

First person advice would be great; references to a webpage, article or book that address the topic of finding a Fixer and the expectations services/payment, would be even better.

Many Thanks!
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Old 01-22-2007, 04:46 PM
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Default Re: How to Hire a Fixer (Guide)???

it all depends on where you are going and what you are trying to do. A guide is good for travel photography but if you have a more journalistic intent, than a fixer is best. A fixer is also a guide but a guide isn't always a good fixer. A guide doesn't do the same things as a fixer. A fixer will help find you the stories you want to do (ex. say you want to do a story about herion addicts in Ukraine; how do you get access for that? That's what a fixer will do, a guide won't).

Trick is to get the fixer/guide to understand what you are trying to do, and that is the photographer's responsibility. If you can't get this person to understand you vision, then they won't be able to set things up for you, to find you the right things.

If you just want a guide, someone to show you some cool stuff and explain cultural issues and help you get a little more intimate with that culture; a good, inexpensive place to start is a local university and find an english student.

It is very important, no matter with a fixer or guide, to be very clear from the get-go about what you expect from them and about pay. There is no standard pay rate, it depends on the area, of course.
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