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Meet Mid-Wilshire Photographer: Ken Bank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ken Bank.

Ken, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I discovered photography while in high school. My teacher, Arnold Rubinoff, opened my eyes to the magic of photography. Back then, we did our own darkroom work and seeing images slowly appear in a tray of a developer was mesmerizing. I began my career shooting rock concerts when a backstage pass meant the photographer had full, unfettered access; not like today’s environment of limited access and high security. From there, I met the photographer who was to become my mentor, Don Dickinson, who taught me about fashion and beauty photography. It was a field of photography that I gravitated to because its goal was to always portray people and life in the best possible ways. Photography gave me the ability to idealize people and lifestyles. Over the years, I’ve worked for magazines, entertainment corporations, cosmetic companies, and catalog houses.

Has it been a smooth road?
It was a struggle to get the first job. After that, one door seemed to open to another one and it was an upward trajectory from there.

Any predictions for the industry over the next few years?
The digital revolution has altered the landscape dramatically and will continue to do so at an exponential rate. There are both positive and negative aspects of the digital revolution. Digital technology has allowed the expansion of creativity and given photographers the ability to create imagery that reaches as far as the imagination will allow. However, the market for stock photography has been destroyed by digital technology and the expansive reach of the Internet.

What would you say has been the biggest challenge for you over the course of your career?
My biggest challenge over the years has been to say creatively and visually relevant and not become a dinosaur. Visual aesthetics change and evolve over time. It’s important to allow that fact to influence the direction of my work.

What advice do you wish to give to those thinking about pursuing a path similar to yours?
It’s important to have a solid foundational understanding of the technical and compositional basics of photography that have remained unchanged by digital technology. It’s also important to shoot as much as you can and as often as you can; and if you want to be a professional photographer I believe the most valuable advice I can give to someone is “never give up.” It may take several years to build a solid business, It’s those who are easily discouraged who will drop out and never become professional photographers while those who are committed and tenacious will eventually find their niche in the business.

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