I got a reply, today, from his wife, Sophie...
My husband is away but he asked me to answer you this:
First of all when he read your first email in a hurry, he thought you were another Stephen that he knows from Ireland.
Then, when he read what you are asking him, he was a bit shocked by these nosy income questions, wondering what they have to do with his photography?
Third, he says that he doesn't see the need of these answers on a blog, especially someone's else's. Last, he is afraid that he will, like his friend Martin ****, "gracefully decline" answering any of them.
No hard feelings, Thank you.
There are absolutely NO questions in my questionnaire that relate to income, at all. I did not ask about Mr Gilden's income and I am not interested in it. All of the questions relate to his practice as a street photographer, why he started, what motivates him, and what his sub
Question 2, though, does have the word income in it...
2. Please give details of your main professional photographic specialisms (i.e. from what type(s) of photography do you earn most of your income).
This is not a question about how much money he earns. It is a question about the sort of work that he does. It's a given that Bruce Gilden (and anyone else I sent this to) makes money from photography. I was just asking HOW, not HOW MUCH. I merely wanted to know if the street photographer does other work to make a living.
As someone with a background in academic research, I am always careful to ask only relevant questions - and ones that are pertinent to the study. I had sent Mr Gilden a 16 point questionnaire that had a full page of explanation at the start. Maybe it was just too much for him to spend time on as a busy man. I have, though, invited other street photographers to help with my study. So, I'm hopeful that others maybe able to assist.