Last year, the Chicago Sun-Times made the controversial decision to let go twenty-right of its photojournalists while making changes to their staff. Now that one year has passed, Poynter went out and got in contact with the photographers affected to see what’s happened since then.
“He would allow people to photograph his most unguarded moments with his family.”
Wally McNamee used to work for Newsweek, a job that took him everywhere from basketball courts to the White House itself. Many of the photos he’s taken over the course of his life have now become a part of history itself, and some of his most important work came from his time photographing John F. Kennedy.
Three nights ago, the Houston Rockets were taken out of the NBA Playoffs after Damian Lillard made a layup with 0.9 seconds left in the game. Before that 0.9 seconds, everyone was already sure that Houston was about to move on to the next game. A shot of Damian Lillard finishing that throw needs to be taken by a photographer that can keep up with the pace that game was going at. Photojournalism is a relentless job. Everything is unpredictable, and photographers have to be ready to capture that unpredictability.
The Toronto Star offers an archive of videos made by their very own photojournalists; in them they try teaching us exactly how they execute their work when they’re put in positions where they need to be quick on their feet.
While the American Civil War was not the first armed conflict to be photographed, it was by far the most bloody and gruesome up to that point. Considered by many to be the father of photojournalism, Matthew Brady was a studio photographer in New York who began cashing in at the outbreak of the war by specifically marketing portraits to families whose sons were leaving with no guarantee of returning home.
Eventually, Brady secured permission from President Lincoln himself to travel to the battlefields with the express purpose of documenting the conflict. Armed with a daguerreotype and portable darkroom, he set out to immortalize the realities of a war that not only shaped the course of American history but, de facto, the course of modern history. Brady’s exhibits and galleries, often filled with graphic images of rotting corpses on the battlefield, brought the realities of war to the home front for the mostly-untouched North. [Read more...]
The recipients of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes have officially been announced, and taking over both photography awards is the New York Times- specifically, Tyler Hicks and Josh Haner. Hicks for his coverage in breaking news, and Haner for for his work in feature photography.
Reuters has been following suit along with the Chicago Sun-Times on changing the way its handling the photography division. Last August, the company laid off all of their sports photographers in North America. And now, it’s been announced that Gary Hershorn, a photographer who’s worked at Reuters for over 30 years, is having his last work day at the company on April 1.
Last november, at the scene of a deadly collision, a photographer on the scene got into it with an on-duty officer who approached him about his camera. He recorded the chat they had under the officer’s nose, and then uploaded it to the internet. The video gained a good amount of attention, showing the officer acting aggressively, and now the police department he’s from has decided to uphold the complaint put against him.
On Wednesday, Harlem’s community suffered tremendously when a gas leak explosion brought down two apartment buildings, killing 8 people and leaving over 70 injured. The NYPD was again faced with the task of digging through rubble to find any signs of survivors in a demolished area, bringing back memories to many people of what happened back on 9/11. A bizarre incident, however, did manage to make an appearance in the midst of everything when one photographer, Brian Wilson, caught some attention for his camera’s setup; it was on a flying drone.
The flying drone, a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter, managed to take a (pretty well done, might I add) aerial shot of the debris from the explosion that morning, and the photo was posted to the photographer’s Instagram account. It wasn’t, however, until the drone caught the attention of the NYPD that things got slightly controversial. I take that back; it already started turning heads of other people before it got noticed by the police, and even the people themselves got worried.
Last spring, The Chicago Sun-Times laid off twenty-nine of their photographers, which essentially eliminated the entirety of their photography department. Wrapports LLC, the owner of the struggling company, was quickly put under criticism and gained contrroversy aver its actions, which were made in order to cut costs. How did they plan on compensating in absence of the department? Back then, they stated their intentions to rely on “wire services and free-lancers”, while their reporters were to be trained in photography with iPhones.