Photographers have tough jobs. Lugging around equipment. Setting up lights. Dodging other photogs. Getting harassed by cops, yelled at by editors. It can be tough to figure out just what motivates them.
Then you see the following video, from Jonathan Schwarz, of Brandon Showers working the lens for Jeff Weiss' cover-story on Compton rapper Game, and it starts to make sense. Somebody has to take photos of handsome, shirtless rappers and stunning women covered in gold makeup. Might as well be you.