NUJ’s London photographer branch opens for business

Freelance photographers who want an official role tackling the issues they face in London are being called to step forward by the first union of its kind dedicated to them.

The NUJ’s London Photographers’ Branch says it is looking for freelance photographers in the capital to help shape the branch into a resource tailored to their needs.

Not only is the branch calling for ideas and suggestions for its agenda, campaigns, speakers, debates and fund raisers, but it also wants to fill three positions on its committee.

It is taking applications for an officer for Welfare, an official for Equality and a representative for Learning – positions which it plans to keep open until the end of February.

Two auditors who will not be members of the committee, but who will no doubt work with an already appointed Treasurer, are also required to audit the finances of the branch.

The vacancies were announced last week at the branch’s inaugural meeting, attended by almost 60 freelance photographers, where much of the committee was formed.

According to an account of the meeting posted by the branch, freelance photographer Jess Hurd was elected chair, and Antonio Olmos, another freelance photographer, was elected vice-chair.

The choice of appointments is telling about the issues facing freelance photographers: Hurd is co-founder of the campaign ‘I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist’ and Olmos helped fight The Guardian’s cancellation of repeat fees.

As Hurd and Olmos do, freelance photographers must live in London or carry out most of their work for clients in the capital if they wish to join the union or work as a committee member.

Branch meetings will be held on the last Tuesday of every month, meaning the next will take place on February 23rd, in Headland House, the NUJ’s headquarters, at 1800.


1st February 2010

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