Category At Work

Stay Off the Tracks

It happened again, another person killed by a train while taking photos on railroad tracks.

New class rule: Shoot photos on or near railroad tracks without written permission, you fail the assignment.

Grant for Projects Dealing with Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Identiy

ViewFind is sponsoring three $5,000 grants to visual storytellers to produce issues of race, ethnicity and cultural identity. Application deadline is October 9.

(Thanks to Evey Wilson for the link.)

Report or Help?

John Freeman, a photojournalism professor at the University of Florida, came across a man in distress – what would you do?

In this case, his choice was clear (and I fully support his decision). But what if the situation were different? What if someone else was there?

What would you do?

Our French Gift

A little bit of history today from The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor, something I didn’t know: In 1839, the French government acquired the rights to Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre’s photographic process, the Daguerreotype … and then made it publicly available, for free.

The Woman in the Photo Pen

Nice profile on Elsa Garrison, one of the premier sports photojournalists, by BuzzFeed’s Lindsey Adler.

Go Wide for Context

Nice piece by Jordan G. Teicher at Slate that looks at the ultra wide angle work of Paolo Pellizzari.

Mr. Pellizzari uses a Noblex camera designed for ultra wide work, though it’s usually used for landscapes and group portraits, not sports. The way it lets you see the context in competition is particularly spectacular.

(Thanks to colleague Dr. Alan Campbell for the link.)

POSTPONED – Management Seminar for Visual Editors

UPDATE: We have decided to postpone this event until the spring. More details as they develop.

150630 MSVEThis is coming up quick: Grady College and the National Press Photographers Association are co-sponsoring a Management Seminar for Visual Editors here in Athens next week.

Get ten hours of training on leadership, hiring practices, budgeting and helping your employees through crises. This is cheap training – $50 for NPPA members – and you can come to Athens on Saturday morning, leave early Sunday afternoon.

We will be looking at registration numbers this evening to make sure we have enough people signed up – if you’re a manager, new or old, or are thinking about it, get registered NOW.

Interns: To Pay or Not

A U.S. court of appeals may have finally defined what needs to happen in an internship to determine if it must be paid or not:

As long as internships are designed chiefly to further young people’s knowledge in a particular field, the court said, interns do not have to be paid.

All managers who deal with internships should pay close attention to where this goes.

The Children Are Not the Enemy

David “Chim” Seymour did a post-World War II project for UNICEF, documenting the children who had survived the war. It’s a powerful set of images worth studying.

A few years ago, Carole Naggar assembled a retrospective of that work, including some unseen images, in a book I now really want to get

Journalists and Stress

Beginning of a new series by Gabriel Arana at the Huffington Post on journalists and stress, hopeful that this will go a little deeper into how we deal with it. But, even if it just raises awareness of the issues, it’s beneficial – too often we brush off what we’ve seen and documented and move on. It doesn’t work.

What has always concerned me is not just those who witness massive events like the September 11 attacks of the Boston Marathon bombings, but those who see the little slices at humanity, day in and day out. The cumulative effect of bearing witness to the human condition is just as great (and maybe greater) than being present at the big events – and there’s little empathy for those who do that work. Everyone talks about where they were when the towers fell, there’s a shared experience there – but no one talks about where they were when there was one horrific car crash. Or where they were when one child was removed from one abusive home – but there may have been a journalist there that day. And who do they talk to?

The point isn’t that journalists exposed to mass devastation are invincible, but that those suffering most are often tucked away where others don’t think to look.