Category At Work

The Making of A Photograph

Sam Abell talking about taking more than a year to make just one image, well worth a little bit of your day.

Visuals at the Olympics

This is a look into how Getty Images handled images at the Olympics. I suspect it’s a little different than how we will handle them at the Paralympics … we won’t have the robotic cameras. And a few other things they have.

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Why We Need Photo Editors, Olympic Second Edition

Chances that there was not a photo editor working on this page are pretty high. You can’t be an authority on anything if you can’t get facts right – and this is, at its core, a fact error.

(Thanks to Steve Fox for the link.)

The Moments in Between

Anderson Cooper did a segment for 60 Minutes on music photographer Danny Clinch.

His phrasing about looking for the moments in between, I concur that’s where the magic happens. Miss growing out of mouths are just not that interesting, but when someone gets lost in her music … that’s the moment.

Also, how cool is it that 60 Minutes is doing segments on photographers?

We’ve lost Bill Cunningham

The New York Times has reported that Bill Cunningham, its beloved fashion photographer, has passed. He was 87.

I am not a person overly concerned with fashion (just ask my wife or students), but I would dip into his work from time to time not so much to see what was trendy but because his approach to documenting fashion focused more on the people and how they used it to represent themselves then on the designers. His version of street photography was engaging and, as his editors said, highly ethical. That’s something to be admired.

“When I’m photographing,” Mr. Cunningham once said, “I look for the personal style with which something is worn — sometimes even how an umbrella is carried or how a coat is held closed. At parties, it’s important to be almost invisible, to catch people when they’re oblivious to the camera — to get the intensity of their speech, the gestures of their hands. I’m interested in capturing a moment with animation and spirit.”

In 2010, a documentary about him was made that he reluctantly appeared in. According to the Times article, he went to its premiere not to be a part of the show, but to document it. 

Doing Some Good

James Estrin has a nice piece up at The New York Times’ Lens blog about the work of Mel Rosenthal who documented the South Bronx in New York from 1976 to 1982. The limited number of images here is frustrating – I really want to see more.

It’s the reasoning behind these images that has me interested:

For Mel Rosenthal, there’s no point in taking a picture if it isn’t going to do some good in this world. Photographs, he said, have to connect with the community where they’re made, not just to be exhibited there but to engage residents in discussions.

The quotes from his former students (he taught at SUNY Empire State College) are things I hope my kids take away from my classes.

Secret Service Agent Throws Photojournalist to the Ground at Trump Event

A United States Secret Service agent choked and threw photojournalist Christopher Morris to the ground at a Donald Trump event in Virginia. It is unclear what provoked this response at this point in time, but it is phenomenally disturbing.

Mr. Morris has spent more than 40 years covering conflicts internationally and is a highly regarded photojournalist who was on assignment for Time.

How to Get Found

Photo District News has a collection of short interviews with photo editors talking about how they find photographers. Some good advice in these.

Cover Letter Don’ts

My friends down at the Poynter Institute just read 160 applications and decided to share what no one should do in those packages. As my kids go through the internship application process, this is required reading.

I do kind of wish is was a snarkier piece, though … I’ve sat through meetings at Poynter, there are some snarky folks there …

NPPA Seeks New Executive Director

Want to help lead the largest association for photojournalists out there? To be the voice of visual journalists? Have a lot of management experience? Or do you know someone who fits that description?

The National Press Photographers Association is looking for a new executive director. Come work here on the UGA for a great association (that is independent of the university). The NPPA relocated to my college last year, so you get to hang out with me.

Or not, depending on how you think about that …