Being a photographer means you are always on the go - your office is essentially wherever your work brings you. Our photographers and picture editors often use the tag #mygettyoffice on Instagram to show us where in the world they are.
Most of my friends and family don’t really know what I do, only that whenever they call me to catch up I am coming back from an assignment abroad or getting ready for my next one. Paris, Berlin, Venice, Cannes, Rome, Istanbul, Moscow, Dubai, Marrakesh, Frankfurt, Vienna...these are some of the places where I have worked in the last 12 months.
I am a Field Editor based in London – but I guess I could say that my workplace is anywhere in Europe really. I don’t do a 9-5 job and I don’t have an office. I go where the events take place, start up my computer and get ready to work.
I often get to work at quite odd or random locations; I might edit from the vault of a bank in Paris, from the Royal Palace in Monaco or from a car park on the streets of London. All I need is a little step to sit on – check, my computer – check, a card reader and my 4G device – check!
That being said, I do get privileged access on many occasions. I go to VIP parties, I sit backstage, I get a glimpse at the glitz and the glamour but also to see behind the scenes of an event. It’s obviously a great experience but it’s not always as well organized as people might think which is why you have to be able to adapt to every situation, to rise to the challenge so to speak.
The great thing about my job is also the team. Film festivals and fashion weeks for instance are a bit different since I normally stay on site for a week or two at a time. I get to work alongside fantastic Getty photographers and Field Editors from all over the world. With every event, you get to know each other better. You get to experience the excitement and anticipation ahead of an event as well as the stress that comes with it.
We work hard and we work well together, conversing in a mixture of English, French, German and Italian. Cannes Film Festival is the biggest event of this kind in Europe and as a whole, it’s really impressive to see how a ‘pop-up’ team of almost 80 people can successfully manage to handle ingesting around 230,000 images and deliver more than 34,000 images over 15 days. That’s the equivalent of "Veni, vidi, vici" in the nowadays competitive world of photography.
The key to being a Field Editor firstly means that you have to be flexible. One moment you are working independently, the next as part of a team. You have to deal with clients, to be able to resolve problems as they come along and most of all you need to deliver under tight deadlines!
It’s a lot of work and a lot of it might be unseen but the rewards are there, every day on the job. I get to travel to fantastic places and when a photographer gives you great feedback or when a client tells you how much they enjoyed working with you and then you see the images get used in the papers and online, you know that you’ve been part of something important.
We followed Entertainment Photographer Andreas Rentz around for a day at Cannes Film Festival. Watch the video.