From the PDN PhotoPlus Expo October 27, 2011:
Doug Menuez moderated a discussion with master photographers Douglas Kirkland, Duane Michals, Jay Maisel, and Mary Ellen Mark exploring the challenges they wrestled with and overcame to build extraordinary careers over many decades. The audience heard personal experiences and views on how to create and sustain a satisfying and rewarding creative life in photography, over the long haul. The youngest of these shooters has an over 45 year career, the oldest over 60. Incredible. How did they do it? What decisions did they make early on that set the foundations? Did they ever think about the long term? Did they just have natural integrity and say no to things that were not right for them, or did they learn over time to choose what was appropriate and productive for themselves? What mistakes can younger photographers avoid? How do they see the future of photography, especially in light of all the digital changes, challenges to copyright, and the massive influx of new and starving young photographers? The answers will undoubtedly surprise us, while hopefully inspiring those of us on the journey to continue with a renewed sense of purpose.