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So You Want to Be a Black Star Photographer?

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We are frequently approached by photographers interested in receiving assignments through Black Star. “What is your selection process?” they want to know.

There is no formal system for selecting Black Star photographers — and there is no formal pecking order among our approximately 350 photographers, either. Our selection process is more art than science, and always has been.

How do our relationships with photographers begin? Typically, in one of four ways:

Although we welcome e-mail through AssignmentPhoto.com, we do not wish to receive phone or snail-mail solicitations. They’re a waste of your time and — in the case of portfolios sent through the mail — your money.

When considering recommendations and queries, we look at three primary factors in making a decision:

There is no such thing as “rejection” by Black Star — only acceptance. We always leave the door open, so that as our needs change, we may have the opportunity to work together in the future.

Should we develop an association with you, it is important to understand that you might not receive assignments immediately. Work is assigned as we receive it, and freelance photography can be a feast-or-famine business. Black Star has no formal pecking order when assigning work; it is generally based on availability. We develop comfort levels with photographers over time, as we see their talent and problem-solving abilities in action.

Trust must be earned, by both the agency and photographer. Once that bond is forged, a relationship with Black Star can be a long-term foundation for success.

Interested? E-mail us here. [3]

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35 Comments To "So You Want to Be a Black Star Photographer?"

#1 Comment By Stewart Weir On May 15, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

Im based in Amsterdam, Holland and very interested in assignments.

Thank You

#2 Comment By Joseph-Philippe Bevillard On January 15, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

I'm based in Ireland and I specialized in B&W portraits since 1990. I be interested in any assignments you may have.

Many Thanks,

#3 Comment By Algernon Parker On January 15, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

I'm in you US Navy and currently deployed. I'm interested in assignments.

Thank you

#4 Comment By J.W.Knights On April 5, 2010 @ 9:59 am

I'm in the US Army and currently stationed in Saudi Arabia and would be more then welcomed to try and assignment.

Thank you

#5 Comment By Swapan Mukherjee On April 16, 2010 @ 2:16 pm


I have just sent a message under "Contact" heading with details.

I am a seasoned pro. of many years, currently residing in Mumbai, India. Visiting Hong Kong June end. Planning to visit the rural regions of south-west China as well.

#6 Comment By robert carulli On May 4, 2010 @ 11:55 am

ok i am based on lake maggiore verbania north italy
interesing events and locations ready for assignement thanks i really appreciate ths site and yours job the way you are doing it compliments!

#7 Comment By Surinder Singh On May 19, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

Well, lets see if works..!

Surinder Singh (+91-9971008151)
Advertising & Fashion Photographer
Landscape & Travel Photographer
Singh Style Studio
New Delhi - 110085, India.

#8 Comment By Richard Reitman On May 22, 2010 @ 11:22 am

We are a group of 6 photographers based in Asia (mostly Cambodia and Thailand) and would be available for spot work and also we have a large stock of photos from the area between all of us.

#9 Comment By robert carulli On May 24, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

Thanks for repyly...potfolio is coming...

#10 Comment By R.D.Wayne Holloway On May 29, 2010 @ 6:07 am

Hi thanks for the opportunity to show you my portfolio of work.
I am a commercial photographer with twenty plus years of experience
in both above and below line advertising and retail photography.
I use high end digital ( Lightphase on a mamiya 645 ) and film covering all formats from 35mm to 4x5 with of course DSLR canon equipment as well.
Thank you

#11 Comment By Paco Rocha On June 5, 2010 @ 7:48 am

i´m based in Northwest of Spain. Santiago de Compostela.

#12 Comment By robert carulli On June 8, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

thanks paco ! take note of you for further collaboration...keep in touch...Robert

#13 Comment By Isabel Subtil On June 18, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

I'm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and I specialized in food and lifestyle photography both on location and in studio. I would be interested in any assignments you may have.

Many Thanks,
Isabel Subtil

#14 Comment By cliff kent On July 28, 2010 @ 8:28 am

Hi Blackstar I am based in Sydney Australia where we have some of the worlds greatest and varied locations . I specialise in advertising editorial and corporate photography for a large number of clients working in most formats digital (and film if required.). Been interesting reading your blogs.
Let me know if I can help
Have a great day.


#15 Comment By Angelo Cucca On August 28, 2010 @ 6:16 am

my name is Angelo Cucca,
I'm based in Sardinya island, Italy,and I specialized in photojournalism, reportage and travel.
I'm interested in assignments.
Thank you,
Angelo Cucca.

#16 Comment By Elgin Miles On September 1, 2010 @ 12:56 am

my name is Elgin Miles,
I'm based in Fresno, California,and I specialized in photojournalism, reportage and news,Sports.
I'm interested in assignments.
Thank you,
Elgin Miles.

#17 Comment By Annalisa Bruno On September 22, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

I am a multilingual freelance photographer based in Amsterdam, and available to cover whole Europe.
Commercially I specialise in HDR VR and Panoramic Architecture/Interior Photography; as well as Lifestyle, Imaging, Events and Documentary.
I just emailed you my CV and link to portfolio, and I'm very interested in assignments.

Thank you

#18 Comment By Stephan Andrew On October 6, 2010 @ 3:12 pm


I am a photographer based in Pakisan and work for a photo agency here. It would be a pleasure to work for black Star.

#19 Comment By Lester Rosebrock On October 6, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

I am a freelance photographer interested in working for Black Star.
Please review my website and see if I can contribute to your organization.

Thank you,


#20 Comment By Andrea Lypka On October 25, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

I am a freelance photographer/multimedia journalist in Tampa Bay, Florida and I would like to contribute to Black Star.

#21 Comment By Ed Aiona On November 30, 2010 @ 3:29 am

As an advertising photographer here in Sonoma Co. Calif. most of my work revolves around people and the life they bring to their work. Please review my work. Assignments are welcomed.


#22 Comment By Kenneth Wong On December 29, 2010 @ 7:01 am

I am a retired press photographer base in Malaysia and do freelancing now.
Your advice is most welcome.

#23 Comment By Perry Belcher On February 3, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

You make it entertaining and you still manage to keep it smart.

#24 Comment By Karen Curley On February 10, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

I am a freelance photographer interested in working for Black Star. I have experience in documentary, editorial, portrait, event, and music photography. Review my website at your convenience and let me know if you are interested.

Thank You
Karen Curley

#25 Comment By Vladislav Jasiok On April 17, 2011 @ 5:52 am

I am freelance photographer based in Ostrava in Czech Republic and I would like to work for Black Star. Please review my website.
Thank you.V.

#26 Comment By Chris Fenton On April 21, 2011 @ 11:33 am

Hi Blackstar. I'm based in Scotland and have experience in documentary, music, wildlife and portrait photography. I am currently building up a portfolio of work and any assignments in Scotland/England would be welcolmed.

Best wishes

Chris Fenton

#27 Comment By Chris Parks On July 23, 2011 @ 12:42 am

I'm interested in submitting my website for consideration as a supplier of Industrial / Corporate assignment photography. And learning more about your price negotiation, and photographer communications arrangements etc. I am based in Melbourne, Australia and have 30+ years experience as an Industrial / Corporate assignment photographer in the region.

Your Assignmentphoto.com site rings very true to my experience. So your consideration and comments would be appreciated.

Chris Parks
Effective Working Image

#28 Comment By Phil Conrad On August 16, 2011 @ 11:29 am

Hi, Firstly I would like to say what a great site you are running. I think it raises some important issues
and helps us all out!
I have been a commercial/ fine art photographer for 22 years and would love you to look at my work with rise to
working with you in the future.


Phil Conrad

#29 Comment By Christian Nartatez On November 15, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

Hello, I would like to say that this is a nice space to share the passion of photography, I am a graphic designer who loves photography and want to become better everyday, thats why I am opening myself to the organisation, and want to learn with the bests, please take the time to review my work, I wold apreciate that, I am in Venezuela, South America, and let me know of anything to participate! It would be a pleasre.

Christian Nartatez

#30 Comment By joseph maher On March 14, 2012 @ 12:28 am

im a still-life photographer i would like to sign up on your team located in northern virginia portfolio available, regards joseph maher

#31 Comment By Vernon McKreith On June 14, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

I live in Brooklyn, New York. A lot of Gun Crime, and crime in general. I live in a high crime black
neighborhood. I would like to work for Black Star.
Contact me if you have any assignments in Brooklyn,
New York City.
My E-mail is [4]
or call me direct on my cell phone at-347-968-1057

Thank you,

Vernon McKreith
contact me for viewing of Portfolio.

#32 Comment By elgin miles On July 19, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

i would like to become a blackstar photographer

#33 Comment By elgin miles On July 19, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

Check out my Blog and website

#34 Comment By Matthew Ortwein On August 9, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
I love the outdoors and all that live in it, even the people. Send me out and I will bring back a view of this world that will make your heart overflow with love.
Thank you, Matthew

#35 Comment By samstudio On September 10, 2012 @ 3:44 am

I appreciate your idea of selecting selecting Black Star photographers.The postings are very unique and also outstanding with the new creativity and knowledge and with the new different ideas and concepts. Really I am waiting for some more new posts from you. Just keep up your higher efficiency.