As of today, there are an estimated 7.129 billion people in the world.
6.786 billion of them have digital cameras.
5.318 billion people have an app out. 16.7% of those have hired PR agencies, and 8.53% of those have an employee named Jessica, Ashley, Brittany or Amanda* who would be happy to let me have a free app in return for a review which surely my readers would be interested in.
Four million people are having a show (804 million if you count the Internet). This number fluctuates. The average number of prints sold per show is .007 (<.000001 if websites are included.)
Approximately 2.6 million of the planet's residents spend some appreciable amount of time looking at other peoples' photographs.
Slightly fewer than 1.3 million people have a book out. This is good, but it makes it difficult to keep up. No one person on Earth, for instance, has seen every book published by Steidl except maybe Steidl. But it's possible he has missed one or two.
Cumulatively, about $44,800,000 was spent for photographs in 2012, which sounds good at first, but roughly half of it went to 21 photographers in L.A., NYC, Toronto, London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Berlin, and Tokyo, and they haven't actually seen any of it yet. (Still in the billing cycle.)
More than 650 photojournalists are still employed!
On the bad side, all but three are nervous.
Of the 6.786 billion cameras in the world, more than 220 million of them are advanced, interchangeable lens cameras with 1" sensors or larger. But those 220 million cameras are owned by only 16 million people, including 1,450 guys who are completely out of control. Oh, you know who you are.
Of those 16 million advanced camera owners, only eighty-seven individuals understand every single feature on every one of their cameras.
Of those, one-third write blogs.
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I have all the above on pretty good authority, but you should bear in mind that I'm not good with numbers.
*Absolutely no disrespect to anyone who has any of those names. They are beautiful names.
P.S. TOP is off tomorrow. Knowing me, I'll probably post something anyway.
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Jock Elliott: "'Of those 16 million advanced camera owners, only eighty-seven individuals understand every single feature on every one of their cameras.' It calls to mind an old saying from the world of shooting sports: 'Beware the man with one gun; he might know how to use it.' I, for one, find my problem is not that I need a new camera, but that I don't know how do adequately use the ones I have."
Erik: "'Statistics are like bikinis: what they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital…' —Prof. Aaron Levenstein."