A MESSAGE TO ALL PHOTOGRAPHER’S REPS: PLEASE STOP WITH THE SPAM EMAIL BULLSHIT. YOU’RE ONLY HURTING WHAT’S LEFT OF YOUR INDUSTRY

Over the past year I, and many others in advertising, have been subjected to a daily barrage of spam email from photographer reps.

And i mean every single day. without fail. completely unsolicited.

It was initially just annoying.

And over time it became grating.

And now it’s reached ludicrous proportions.

And i’m not having it anymore. I respond to every single one (before reporting it as spam) with a very direct and frank response.

What on earth are these people thinking?

Well, they’re not thinking.

Clearly someone sold them all a list of ad agency emails and they’re just pounding away like a howitzer.

Back in the day, my snail mailbox at the big agency used to be inundated with postcard style mailers from photographers.

And occasionally, you’d see one that you liked.

And if you liked it enough you’d stick it on your wall perhaps.

And if you needed a photographer, the person who shot the mailer you liked stood a chance of getting a job. So it worked.

Needless to say most just got tossed into the wastebasket.

A nicely lit shot of a slice of pie isn’t going to excite your average jaded ad person.

But we understood that photographers, like all of us, need to promote our wares.

And it was relatively harmeless. Landfill issues aside.

But this relentless email spam has got to stop.

I understand too that the print medium (and consequently demand for photographers) has been most hurt by the rise of the internet.

But that’s not my fault or my problem.

And resorting to this most desperate of tactics isn’t helping anybody.

I love photography. Everybody loves a pleasing image.

But spam email puts you in the same league as vendors of penis enlargers and viaggggarrraaaa sellers.

Stop it.

You’re only hurting yourselves.

(a nice piece of pie)

3 responses to “A MESSAGE TO ALL PHOTOGRAPHER’S REPS: PLEASE STOP WITH THE SPAM EMAIL BULLSHIT. YOU’RE ONLY HURTING WHAT’S LEFT OF YOUR INDUSTRY

  1. Respectfully Open 2 Solutions

    Dear Not Stating What Your Actual Title is,

    Where I appreciate your honesty and effort in trying to stop unwanted emails, I cannot help but have so many questions for you.

    Firstly, what does your actual position require from you? If in fact, it is “finding talent” then shame on you for not learning how to manage your time.

    Secondly, instead of taking time out to send a link to this post and bitch about it why not offer a solution? Constructive critique is something commercial artists are starved for when it comes to how to tip toe around buyers.

    Lastly (for now), HOW do you find imagery, artists, or talent? An idea of your preferred method would be nice to hear as well as what is good for goose is not always good for the gander, right?

    Let’s change the world one comment (and suggestion) at a time for advertising!

    ~Respectfully, Open 2 Solutions

    • I am the creative director of The Escape Pod. my name is vinny warren.

      You are from Agency Access, aren’t you? I did an IP trace on you.

      Agency Access is the the person/organization that sold my email address in the first place. I found this out from a photographer who spam emailed me.

      So this comment is from someone who spams ad people for a living. Am I correct? if so, can you pleeeeeease remove me from your list?

      Firstly, what does your actual position require from you? If in fact, it is “finding talent” then shame on you for not learning how to manage your time.

      I AM A CREATIVE DIRECTOR. WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? I DON’T ‘FIND TALENT’ IN SPAM EMAIL IF THAT’S WHAT YOU MEAN.

      Secondly, instead of taking time out to send a link to this post and bitch about it why not offer a solution? Constructive critique is something commercial artists are starved for when it comes to how to tip toe around buyers

      AGAIN, WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? YOU ARE SPAMMING ME. THAT’S THE PROBLEM. YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. MY SOLUTION IS THAT YOU STOP DOING THAT. STOP BEING ANNOYING. SPAM IS A SHITTY TACTIC THAT IS UNIVERSALLY HATED. STOP IT. PLEASE.

      Lastly (for now), HOW do you find imagery, artists, or talent? An idea of your preferred method would be nice to hear as well as what is good for goose is not always good for the gander, right?

      I personally don’t find imagery. We have designers/art directors that do. When we need photographers (which is rare, honestly) we have a handful of options that we have used in the past. we are not hurting for photographers. nobody is.

  2. FYI, I found this on another site and called the numbers and asked to be removed from their lists. We’ll see if they do, but they sounded like they would: AdBase -1.877.500.0057
    Agency Access – 1800.704.9817

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