Category At Work

Four Photographers Named as National Geographic Explorers

The National Geographic Society has their first set of visual storytellers to be added to their Explorers program. Previous Explorers have come primarily from areas of science, research and innovation.

David Guttendelder, Lyn Johnson, Cory Richards and Brian Skerry will spend two years, “sharing their visual expertise with diverse areas of the National Geographic Society and with the public, producing stories, sharing their storytelling knowledge with other explorers, and bringing the Society’s mission to illuminate, teach, and inspire the world at large” according to a story on the National Press Photographers Association’s site.

Something to Hold Over Their Heads – Education

Three years ago, independent journalist Phillip Datz was ordered to leave a public street where a police stop was occurring. After moving, he called the Suffolk County Police Department’s public information officer who told him, essentially, he was fine. When he started to record again, Suffolk County Police Sergeant Michael Milton arrested him.

Earlier on the recording Sergeant Milton said, “There’s nothing you can hold over my head or anybody out there.” Turns out, he wasn’t quite right.

Datz filed a federal civil rights lawsuit and the Suffolk County Police Department has now settled the suit for $200,000 and – more importantly – agreed that all of its officers must now go through annual First Amendment training.

The money is nice, the education is priceless.

Promote Yourself

Neat Tumblr from Photo District News on promotional pieces being sent out, triggered by this post on Dave Cooper’s.

Gear Time Again

As my kids here at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication start turning in their final portfolios and handing back all the gear we’ve loaned them, the tremors start … how am I supposed to live without a way to share my world?

The fact that we supply every kid with everything they need is a wonderful thing, eliminating a financial barrier to studying photojournalism. But it also means a lot of them have not been buying – or even pricing – gear for the last few semesters. The sticker shock can sting.

To help guide them, I have a series of blog posts about putting together your own kit. Pour another cup of coffee and dig in.

The Intern’s Plan

We are just days away from freedom the end of the semester and that means a whole new grip of kids are heading out the door, ideals in hand and ready to rock their first internship or job. The vibe in the Photo Cave is a mix of shear fear at finishing up their final projects and overflowing enthusiasm for what comes next. Probably a lot more of the former, but there is a little of the latter … well, this one kid over there …

Bob Borson, who has nothing to do with visual journalism but who you should be reading, posted at Life of an Architect about the interns and young employees at his firm. There is some sound advice in there.

So, new employee or summer intern, how are you going to survive and impress? How are you going to convince them they made the absolute right choice?

More Info on Business Practices

Alum Dylan Wilson sent along a link to a post by Robert Seale on business practice for photographers, a very good read.

Towards the end Seale has a list of books you must own, I’ll add one more that’s due out this summer – John Harrington’s More Best Business Practices for Photographers. Harrington talked about this book at the NPPA’s Northern Short Course last month and I’ve already preordered it. This is not an update but a new book and it will have a stellar section on the mechanics of registering images with the copyright office – that alone will be worth the $25 for you.

AP Photojournalist Shot in Afghanistan

Sad news – Associated Press photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus was, essentially, executed in Afghanistan. Reporter Kathy Gannon was also shot while sitting in a car stopped along a roadside.

The two were traveling with election workers in a convoy that had stopped when a man walked up to the car and opened fire.

No Job for a Woman

PosterThursday night, PBS will be premiering No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII and it will feature Dickie Chapelle. I have my DVR set, so should you.

After watching the trailer for it, I spotted this piece, Pioneering Women War Correspondents, that includes Margaret Bourke White and Chapelle, as well. Worth 14 minutes of your time today.

Baltimore Police Remove Photojournalist

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Sun’s photo editor, Chris Asaaf, was physically moved from outside of a police line. They have a gallery of images taken by colleague Lloyd Fox that show the confrontation.

The Poynter Institute has background information on previous confrontations in Baltimore.

Working With Trains

There was a tragedy here in Georgia last month – a production company was filming on a railroad bridge when a train came through killing a 27-year-old camera assistant. The Hollywood Reporter has a look at what happened – and what went very, very wrong.

From the story:

CSX, the Florida-based railway company that owns the tracks, easement and trestle where Jones died, told the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in the early hours of the investigation that it never granted Midnight Rider’s producers permission to film on the tracks in the first place.

“According to the CSX employee,” Sgt. Ben Robertson wrote in a report obtained by the media, “the production company had previously been denied permission to film on the trestle, and there was electronic correspondence to verify that fact.” Robertson’s report noted that a member of Miller’s crew, when asked whether permission was granted, replied, “It’s complicated.”

It’s not that complicated – if you’re trespassing, if you haven’t controlled every situation, you are responsible for what happens.

Making images on train tracks has been a rage for a long time – it has to stop. Same for movies and videos.