Management asks me to remove band photos because it suits their latest PR wheeze

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by editor, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

    How is it "tight" exactly? And no, it's a big fucking ask telling someone to remove a piece that I was asked to review and one that involves other acts. And any charitable feelings I might have had towards them vanished when the veiled threats came in.
    AnnO'Neemus likes this.
  2. editor

    editor hiraethified

    It's not about the right to be forgotten though, is it? The article doesn't mention the act's real name so if he wants to piss about with new projects, then he could pick a new name rather than expecting third parties to start accommodating his PR whims.

    There is nothing in the article that mentions anyone's real name. btw.
  3. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    Please post the photos on this thread then it will be easier to make my mind up.
    Schmetterling and mauvais like this.
  4. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Send them a quote for your time and administration fees. If they pay earn a few dollars :thumbs:
  5. editor

    editor hiraethified

    If they'd offered something in return, then my response would have been different. I don't mean money, but something like tickets for their next show or a free CD or something. I wouldn't have wanted them because I didn't much care for the act, but the gesture would have changed everything.

    What fucks me off is their attitude that I'm here to do their bidding whenever they decide that their precious and totally unknown artist wants to reinvent himself, and that photographers somehow work for them.
    dylanredefined likes this.
  6. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    Isn’t that a bit grasping?

    I dunno, I’m inclined in life to help people out if it’s no skin off my nose. Not sure it’s any more complicated than that.
  7. editor

    editor hiraethified

    But it is skin off my nose. I was invited to the gig. I took the time to go along, take photos, edit them and then write an article about the gig and share it over social media,

    They were perfectly happy with that review for 11 months. Acts do NOT have the right to demand that reviews are taken down because I am not there to serve them or their career.

    That's the basic point of being an independent reviewer.
    PursuedByBears and MrSki like this.
  8. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    Sure, ok. Well, up to you. I’d do it out of the goodness of my heart, not cos they “deserved” to ask for it, just cos it’s a kind thing you could do. *shrugs*

    Good luck whatever you decide tho.
  9. editor

    editor hiraethified

    You don't really know what you're talking about here, but it's got nothing to do with the supposed 'goodness of my heart' that you're claiming the higher moral ground on.

    It's about principles and ethics. It's about treating reviewers with respect and not treating them like a commodity and telling them to take down their hard work because it happens to suit their own selfish agenda.

    Anyway. Shrugs.
    AnnO'Neemus and MrSki like this.
  10. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

  11. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Nice sentiment but it's a business requesting a service not a charity.
    gawkrodger, NoXion and editor like this.
  12. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    I'd be tempted to try and sell them the photos. They'll pay up if it's that important to them.
    MickiQ, NoXion, 8ball and 3 others like this.
  13. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    Any updates?
  14. Smangus

    Smangus comatose at a desk

    Do the opposite , enlarge the pics with a close up of the face and change the text of the review to a real slating. Show them the powa of the media!
    Chilli.s, editor and Pickman's model like this.
  15. mhendo

    mhendo Aussie in San Diego

    Good on you, editor, for holding your ground here.

    I completely agree with the principled argument you're making. I think, as a general rule, that it would set a terrible precedent to start acceding to these sorts of demands, especially when they are based not on important concerns about privacy or personal safety, but simply on a preference for one type of publicity over another.
    editor likes this.
  16. editor

    editor hiraethified

    If there was some sort of serious privacy issue, I would have removed the photos in an instant.

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