From the question details (and comments to it), it appears to me that the "(empty)" is somehow the result of your Views output (formatted as a block).
But for anybody who has not the role of Photographer, the result of the View (the output of it) is just "empty". So you may want to try / experiment with the "No Results Behaviour", which is located in the most right column when editing the view details (within 'Advanced').
Also note that you should make a difference between "access" to the content of the nodes (or whatever) that are shown in the block (if not empty), and what Drupal shows as the wrapper/container of such list (such as the block your question is about). Maybe, just for debugging purposes, you should try to build a similar view formatted as a page (instead of a block), and see what kind of output (result) you get in both scenario's (somebody with the photographer role, and somebody who des not have that role). While doing this page-related experiment, you may get different results, depending on what you specified within the "No results behaviour". And that might help to understand that your (empty) block issue is also a matter of "No result behaviour".
If you cannot get it to work this way, you may want to consider using the BEAN module, which gives you way more granularity / flexibility for creating blocks.