Too Old or Young to be a Successful Photographer?

By Geoff Harris


Does age matter? How old is too old to start your career as a successful photographer? Conversely when are you too young to be taken seriously?

None of these matter according to Chris Johns, National Geographic’s field photo editor.  In a recent interview with Outdoor photographer Johns says,

“There are a lot of exciting photographers out there.
Our new director of photography, David Griffin, is consciously trying to
identify young, emerging talent.   He’s not necessarily age-specific either.
Often photographers start to find their traction in their 50s.”

Chris Johns is convinced that “the cream rises to the top” and believes that the best photographer keep doing great work. He credits the rise of digital for the increase in talent and the photographers ability to see the picture in-camera before they move which he says take the guess work out of the equation which you always had with film.

To read the whole article see 60 Minutes with Chris Johns

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Geoff Harris

I am a journalist and photographer and currently work as the Deputy Editor of Amateur Photographer (AP) the oldest weekly photographic magazine in the world. Before that I served as the editor of Digital Camera, Britain's best-selling photography magazine, for five years. During my time as editor it became the UK's top selling photo monthly and won Print Publication of the Year at the 2013 British Media Awards. As well as being lucky enough to get paid to write about photography, I've been fortunate to interview some of the greatest photographers in the world, including Elliott Erwitt, Don McCullin, Martin Parr, Terry O'Neill and Steve McCurry. This has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential on my photography. Beyond writing, I am a professional portrait, travel and documentary photographer, and reached the finals of the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. I am a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and hope to take my Associateship whenever I can find the time. In addition I write about well being/personal development and antiques collecting for a range of other titles, including BlueWings, the in-flight magazine of Finn Air.

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