This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – in this unprecedented moment when work in the creative industries has fallen off a cliff, there are those who are finding their entrepreneurial spirit.
David Dare Parker Collection Box Set 2020
“The World has changed. We need to adjust, find the silver lining and stay positive, smart and safe.” DDP
David Dare Parker, or DDP, is one of the most self-deprecating people I know. A humble, honest and ridiculously talented photojournalist whose deep love of humanity and an innate sense of social justice has seen him bear witness to some of the world’s greatest atrocities including the Rohingya genocide.
But as many freelancers do, DDP has also led a dual life, earning a living as a set photographer for films and TV series. Now both of his income streams have disappeared, overnight.
Freelancers are used to the precariousness of working from one job to the next, not having sick pay or holiday leave, and little superannuation. That’s always been part of the deal, the price to pay for the freedom to go and tell the stories that matter, to work nimbly and in all directions. But never has there been a moment in time when every avenue has dried up at once. This is the experience of many.
So, with an entrepreneurial spirit, DDP has decided to put himself “out there” and see if he can turn his extensive archive into a tangible asset.
“I have been a freelance photographer for over three decades…and have led an interesting life and every choice I have made has been my own. I have had the privilege of seeing and experiencing some extraordinary things,” he says.
“Now, because of the current crisis, things have pretty much come to a grinding halt. I have responsibilities, the same as all of us, and need to continue making a living (for the time being from home). I could start up a YouTube channel, attracting millions of followers, but feel I have a face for radio. Next best thing is to finally get around to selling signed archival prints.”
David Dare Parker Collection Box Set
In the Archive section of DDP’s website is a gallery link to an exquisite box set – The David Dare Parker Collection; “sounds lofty” he says (told you he was self-deprecating). DDP worked with the “talented artisans at Fitzgerald Photo Imaging in Perth” to create what he describes as “a cool monikered black box with a hand-bound booklet and six signed archival prints. It really does look beautiful.”
The Box Set sells for $990.00 AUD including GST and comprises:
- Six Selected Signed Archival 29x36cm Images
- Printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Silk Baryta Fineart 310gsm Paper
- Hand Bound Signed Information Booklet
- Embossed Case
Individual prints are also available.
If you are interested in owning a slice of history, contact David at: firstname.lastname@example.org
All images (C) David Dare Parker