Beer, Bait & Ammo – Michael Loyd Young
In 2007 I gave a small grant from my blog Road Trips to Sean Gallagher. This first grant of 5k just came out of my pocket. Times were changing for young photographers who wanted to shoot for magazines etc., or could not finance personal projects, so it just seemed the right thing to do. It was.
I had never even seen any blog when I started Road Trips, and I am not an internet cruiser now. I still love print, the tactile nature of books especially and I work just as hard trying to help others publish their work as much as I do my own. Maybe more. The net is for audience building and information, and yet print is still the ultimate medium for fine work. Ahhh yes, and the wall.
The point is this. Others picked up on my spirit of passing the baton to the next generation and have helped me support young photographers in a way that no one else could. We have no advertising here nor any sponsors except those of you out there who do so often contribute. So you are my “stockholders” so to speak. This audience collectively and individually have been my “angel investors”. So I owe you, not anybody else.
Michael Loyd Young, featured in the video above with his new BEER, BAIT & AMMO (BurnBooks) has been a major contributor to the Emerging Photographer Fund since 2008. Mike up until today has wanted to remain anonymous as an EPF supporter and has contributed to the Burn/EPF through the Magnum Foundation which allows tax exempt donations because of their non-profit status. He is not the only one. We have had many very generous anonymous donors all these years. Thank you all.
The Magnum Foundation, spearheaded by Susan Meiselas, also supports young photographers outside of Magnum. So it is in this spirit that the EPF exists in tandem with the MF.
Mike has told me that any book sales profits from BEER, BAIT, & AMMO will go back to BurnBooks and the EPF. To help us with our operating costs which is always a struggle. Mostly the Burn team works for free. If we do a workshop, I make sure my crew gets paid well for those, and I cut them in on any commercial gig I may do. In other words if I make money, my team makes money. They deserve it. Still without generous support from this audience, Burn just couldn’t exist.
So check out Mike’s book. Printed in Italy, cool design, best paper and binding. Our BurnBooks crew knows how to build fine books. Win win. Hold a fine book , help to support Burn, and support your own work as well.
I am old school. Payback pay forward, and everything will somehow work out. To tell the truth, that old idea has worked for me. For sure “angel investors” have given us a lot, asking nothing in return except to keep supporting those who need it, and to keep publishing good books and as good an online magazine as I can do from my 11 inch laptop and my team spread out all over the world. Hey we have a lot of fun! We want you to as well.
Do I pay special attention to Michael Loyd Young and his work? Yes I do. I mentored him. Yet about 50 times less than I spend with a whole lot of other photographers and their work. I said to Mike when he told me he wanted to do this book that I would cut him no slack because he was a friend. I told him what I would tell any of you. Friendships and hanging out etc have nothing to do with an honest appraisal and editing of work. The work must stand on its own. Magnum photographers are the same way with each other. Nobody gives anybody a break on critique. Tough love works.
So, submit a story to Burn. We want good stories. Or give the current EPF a shot. 10k might just help you finish your work. Or, be a contributor and feel good about it. We will make sure you do.
By the way, come and meet us. The Burn team tries to be as accessible as possible. Ask a question here on Burn, and I will answer it. Three of my Burn team, Diego Orlando, Claudia Paladini, and my Burn startup partner Anton Kusters were part of the Magnum photo fest in Reggio Emilia , Italy just this last weekend, and one of us or all of us hit as many photo fests as possible. We will look at your work. Patience helps, but we will look. We do workshops when we can. We cannot please everyone, nor be everywhere, yet I do believe we are more personally accessible than any magazine staff you will find.
With photography as the world’s only truly common language, we see only unfathomable opportunities ahead for those who have something “to say”. If you have a voice we will listen, if you are finding your voice we will help.
One of mankind’s greatest pleasures is either the telling of or listening to a story.
That is why we are here.
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