If ever you need evidence about why local publications have to keep their photojournalists, here it is in my local paper this morning.
Richard Hamm’s photo of Mary Brown spotting and then running towards her son at Saturday’s football game? You can’t do that with an iPhone.
Imagine if one of the most famous images from the 125 year history of National Geographic was never published … Steve McCurry talked with the TODAY show about how he Afghan Girl almost wasn’t chosen.
Watch the whole piece, there’s a surprise in there about his childhood injury.
For more on his new book, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs, check out this interview with his book publisher, Amanda Renshaw.
I doubt you’d make this with your iPhone … check out this amazing image made by Allen Hughes during a surfing competition in California.
Great composition, light and moment.
Almost makes me want to shoot surfing …
The University of Georgia has a neat program, started a few years ago, called the First Year Odyssey, made up of one-credit classes and every first year kid must take one. When they started, I tossed some ideas into the ring – the courses are designed by faculty to introduce students to their area of expertise.
None of my ideas were accepted … well, that’s not true – I wasn’t accepted, as they only wanted tenure or tenure-track faculty to teach these. (I’m over the bitterness. Mostly.*)
But, IF they ever came to their senses and said, hey, eight years of commitment to us, a program that produces some great kids who go on to do great things, maybe you should get to work with the great unwashed freshmen hoard … I’d want to do a class based on the journals of Dan Eldon, much like Michael Todd is doing according to this piece from NPR.
* Actually, not at all.
The ever-erudite Michael Johnston over at The Online Photographer writes that the only thing he wants to do is work, but that he hasn’t really done that since he was a student.
He makes an excellent point – I probably shot a lot more when I was a student because it consumed me completely. There wasn’t an assignment from The Daily Orange that I ever turned down, I hunted features and stories when I didn’t have something specific to shoot. I worked.
Now, I teach and, while I still shoot, it’s nowhere near as much or as targeted as I used to. I see more now, but I tell fewer stories.
So, what do we spend most of our time on? If you’re an independent photographer, probably the business side of it. Which lets me remind you that the National Press Photographer Association’s Business Blitz is here in Athens this Saturday.
If you end up an academic, probably critiquing and committee meetings … I miss being a student.
Adrian Chamberlain at the Times Colonist has a story up about the 60-year career of Ted Grant.
Buried, down at the end, is a great way of thinking about light and content:
Advice for aspiring photographers? The most important thing when taking a photograph, Grant says, is how the subject is illuminated.
“Lighting is number one. That is the life of the photograph,” (Grant) said. “The light is the life and the content is the soul.”
Some nice moments in the gallery, worth a few moments of time.
(Thanks to RC McKee for the link.)
Well, here goes my book budget … again … Peter Turnley has released a new book of images from the streets of his adopted home, French Kiss: A Love Letter to Paris.
In connection with it, Leica has produced a short video interview with him where he talks about his conflict and documentary work.
I’ve always felt that if I had any justification to use a camera to shout about what is wrong with the world it’s because I have such a profound belief that life can be wonderful.
And, yeah, I ordered it …
(Thanks to Michael Johnston at The Online Photographer for the link.)
One of the icons of our industry has passed.
I saw him speak many times, was always humbled, always inspired.
Karen Mullarkey, a former Life photo editor, from the NPPA story:
“I said to him, ‘Do you mean to tell me that if Bobby Kennedy, who you adore, was shot in front of you … you wouldn’t put down your camera and try to help him?’ To which Eppridge replied, ‘I am not paid to do that. I am paid to record the event completely. Not to edit it in my camera. That’s the job of photo editors here at Life and the decision of the managing editor as to what they will publish.”
A photojournalist’s photojournalist if ever there was one.
Over at PhotoFocus, Richard Harrington has a post up on our obligations as visual storytellers.
And it’s different, and I agree:
Start showing the world what type of place it can be. Document the good works that happen in your world. Showcase the causes and people that need volunteers and money. Give of your time to help others, but most importantly your talents. Help spread the word through the power of photos, videos, writing, and viviid imagery.