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Photo Director/ Photo Editor (of a Magazine)
Hey! I'm curious about the job of a photo director for a magazine. Does anyone know what their job description is? I often see some magazines have "Photo Directors" as part of their editorial staff, but what exactly do they do? Thanks!

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When they say "Photo Director" they are usually referring to films and television ... the head cinematographer in charge of the camera crew.

If you have seen this in a masthead of any magazine, I would say that it's probably the same thing as a "Photo Editor" ... who directs the production of photos for a magazine. I did find information about what a Photo Editor is:

Photo editors oversee the photography that appears in a magazine, primarily working as a point person for communicating with, and hiring, photographers. Photo editors also work for newspapers and other publications which feature photography.

Do Photo Editors Take the Pictures?
A common misconception about photo editors is that they act as photographers. Unlike magazine editors, who may often write for a magazine, photo editors very rarely take pictures for their magazines. Instead photo editors conceive of the visuals -- they hash out with editors what the photos will be and how they will complement the text -- and then go about hiring the right photographer for the job.

The Necessary Skills
Although photo editors aren’t actually shooting the pictures, they need to know a great deal about photography and have extensive contacts in the industry.
Not only does a photo editor need to be able to translate the editor’s ideas to the photographer who’s hired, but they need to find the right person for the job. This means that a photo editor needs extensive contacts within the photo industry, since they need to know what kind of photographers will be available and who does what best. If the shoot calls for various shots of a family, that will likely require a different photographer than a beauty shoot of various products -- the photo editor needs to know who to assign what to, and when.
I would say that a photo editor probably answers to the "Art Director" (or sometimes the Art Director handles it all) ... here's a thread about that: What does an art director do?

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