Adjusting The F STOP

Posted on: December 6th, 2011 by: Zack Seckler

© 2008 Zack Seckler

Five years ago I was at a turning point in my photography career. I was transitioning from photojournalism to commercial and fine art photography. I had plenty of ambition, but no roadmap.

I read about lighting, production, marketing and everything else I thought I would need to know, but when I looked at the work of top photographers in the field I realized it was a quantum leap from book knowledge to the image on the page.

Who did this amazing work? How did they begin their careers? How did they move from inspiration to image?

I wanted to talk to these photographers, find out firsthand how they created their images and launched their careers. I realized that if I had these questions, then many others probably did too. The idea for The F STOP was born.

Fast forward a few years and I feel like a mountain climber looking back at the ground he’s covered. Fifty-seven interviews with the best photographers on the planet; dozens of interviews with industry leaders, hundreds of thousands of visitors; it’s been quite a trip. I’ve learned a lot, and I hope you have too.

Running a publication like this is about passion, not profits. There are certainly payoffs; connections made, doors opened. But the real rewards come from connecting with great people who do remarkable work. Visiting the homes and studios of your favorite photographers, getting to look them in the eye, ask questions, make friendships, these have been memorable, formative experiences, and I’m grateful for every one.

Now, I’m taking a step back. I’m not able to give The F STOP the time it deserves. I’m looking to partner with someone who has a passion for the work, who has ambition, curiosity, and a love of good photography.

The search begins today! So, if you know someone who might be a good fit for an editorial role at The F STOP email me:

With the help of a new partners I hope to see this publication thrive for many years to come.

Zack Seckler
Editor & Publisher