You could tell it was the end of the week because all of the out-of-town photographers had run out of clothes, and were sporting the T-shirts that they’d gotten free with their press kits. Now, in addition to the ladders we schlepped around, we had a uniform to make us look even more like a team of shop-fitters.
Towards the end of the week, there were more and more "hot" shows (in air quotes) and the media pits were getting increasingly crowded. We had to wait in the press holding area to be let into the shows and set up, and the earlier we arrived, the better the chance of nailing a good spot in the media riser.
The Photographer Food Chain: Photographers use duct tape to mark off their "spot." If you see a spot marked "AP", you tend to set yourself up somewhere else. But, if you shoot for Cosmo and you find a better spot marked "Jim Jones", then you set yourself up and Jim can get lost.
by Jaxon Hsu