Quote of the Week: Michael Nichols - Sean Gallagher - Photographer & Filmmaker | Beijing, China

Quote of the Week: Michael Nichols

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in News | 3 Comments

“If you say you really want my job, okay, here’s the deal. There are no more hobbies, no more fun. You can have fun doing the work, but you have to be completely obsessed with it. I think 99% of the people think that professional photography is travel and adventure, and they forget that photography is very, very hard work. You’re “on” all the time. When you go out the door to take pictures, nobody cares about any of the excuses about bad weather or logistics, or how the authorities wouldn’t let you do your job. All that matters is what the photos say, how much money the magazine spent on that time, and whether or not it’s a successful coverage. Most people don’t really want that.”

Michael Nichols / National Geographic

Check out more from Michael Nichols in this fascinating video how he made his famous tree image for National Geographic…


  1. Jeremy Wade Shockley
    January 28, 2012


    Great excerpt from Nichols…I enjoyed reading that.

    Keep up the posts, best of luck on projects ahead.

    Cheers, Jeremy

  2. Jeremy Wade Shockley
    January 28, 2012

    The video clip-even better then the quote! awesome.

  3. Elise Wong
    April 22, 2013

    Thank you for sharing this video. I am a big fan of Michael Nichols. His passion is just so inspiring. I’ve seen Nat geo’s most amazing photographs involving him. Truly inspiring 🙂


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