Coastal has been taking some great photos at gigs recently. After spending so much money on the camera equipment she can expect some kind of return from her work. Not according to the manager of A Very Well Known Glasgow Band. He has been querying how she got a press pass in the first place and expressing a wish that no photos exchange hands unless all money made from them is made by A Very Well Known Glasgow Band and their manager, of course. What is it with these people ? Do they have the same attitude with things like NME or even DiS ? Coastal had a press pass, a legitimate place in the press pit, the photos are her property and as a photographer she is entitled to make money from her work. She wasn't asking him for permission, she was merely being polite by saying she'd hold back any photos the band didn't like. His answer was that they didn't like any, without actually seeing them, because they didn't have full ownership and copyright over them. This strikes me as too much like the Beckhams, total greed while expecting media saturation but not expecting anyone other than themselves to make any money from it. Do they think people put their time, money and effort into this and expect nothing more than to get to stand a little closer to them than the average paying punter ?
Also, the press pass didn't include a guestlist pass, we pay our own way into the gigs.
Does anyone on here actually believe that all cameras should be banned from gigs unless the band makes every penny going from the photos ? Wouldn't exactly do the music press much good, would it ?
A big thank you to Bob Moulds people for not even bothering to reply to the request for a photo pass for Thursdays gig.
The funny thing is that the nicest people we're encountering through this are the other photographers.