I was on the road all last week (flying from Tampa to San Francisco to New York and then back to Tampa all in just four days. Ugh!), and while I was on the road, I was asked on social media for my reaction to the recent developments at B&H Photo (I imagine it’s because I’ve had such a close relationship with them over the years).
My friends at B&H Photo are literally some of the finest people I’ve ever worked with, and if you knew them like I do, you’d know they are among the most caring, moral, and ethical business people in our industry, and I know this feeling is shared by so many people and companies that interact with them often. Taking care of people the way they do is what they do best, and why they’ve become such a success. So, today I was going to address the issue, but I could not have done a better job telling the other side of the story than respected educator Katrin Eismann who did address it on her Facebook page.
The folks at PhotoFocus.com graciously shared her post titled “A Visit to the B&H Photo warehouse” and for anyone with concerns, I think it’s so worth reading, especially as we are in an era where the “Internet” acts as instant judge and jury upon simply reading a headline or a short article not only without knowing the other side of the story, but without even caring to consider it.
Kudos to someone of Katrin’s stature in the community for taking the time and effort to visit B&H herself, see it with her own eyes, and share her thoughtful perspective on the other side of the story (the older I get, the more I’m reminded there’s always another side to every story).
Tomorrow I have a simple one-light lighting tutorial for you, and I hope you’ll check back then. Hope you have a better than average Monday. :)
All my best,
To be fair, Katrin visited the Manhattan warehouse and this is her perspective of that warehouse. But the complaints were made of the Brooklyn warehouse. This is sort of like being asked to describe the taste of an orange, and using a lemon for your taste test. While it’s good to know that the Manhattan warehouse is in good condition, I would like to know that the same can be said for the Brooklyn warehouse. By no means am I saying or implying that B&H is wrong here, I have no idea.
The allegations were about the Brooklyn warehouse, not Manhattan. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/nyregion/workers-at-bh-photo-video-citing-hazards-move-to-unionize.html?_r=1
I say you should support your local camera store before they all go away.
What happened to the simple one-light lighting tutorial that you mentioned at the end of this post?