Just over 10-years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico, leveling much of New Orleans and severely damaging surrounding areas. Too many, the wicked storm needs no introduction, nor will it’s memory be soon forgotten. Eight of the brave photojournalists that risked their physical and mental health to cover the tragedy, recently sat down with Newseek to recount their experiences documenting Katrina, giving the world a glimpse into the life of a photojournalist.
As you could imagine, the tales are gripping, gritty at times and tear jearking during others, as they detail their journeys–sharing some of their most memorable shots along the way. Be warned, there are graphic photographs shown during the clip, but you can take a look at the mini-documentary and pulitzer prize winning photography from the likes of Smiley N. Pool, Eliot Kamenitz, Susan Walsh, Roberto E. Rosales, Thomas Patterson, Radhika Chalasani, Sakamaki, and Timothy Fadek
Sorry she did it or sorry she got caught?
Petra Laszlo, the Hungarian camerawoman who was filmed tripping and kicking migrants, apologized for her actions.
“I’m not heartless, racist children-kicking camerawoman”, she said, stating that she was driven by fear, adding that she does not deserve the “political witch hunt” against her.
Laszlo’s violent behavior made headlines worldwide and made her a symbol of the xenophobic response to Europe’s migrant crisis. Following the widespread condemnation of her actions she was fired from her job and an official police investigation has been launched. [Read more…]
The refugees crisis in Europe is a leading story over the last few days, and this deep coverage would not have been possible without the diligent and dedicated work of journalists and photojournalists.
Usually photographers take it upon them to document the event so both the world can be informed of the stories and generations to come can look back at the records and learn from. This sometimes means that photographing events means not getting involved.
Hungarian camerawoman however broke this protocol, not by aiding a refugee but by tripping and kicking some of the persons running by her.
There’s no doubt many of us (myself included) take for granted just how easy we have it when it comes to making a photograph, much less making available to the world to see. Thanks to the digital revolution, we can go from exposing an image to posting it online in a matter of seconds. Obviously, it hasn’t always been so simple. Just ask any photojournalist that was working back in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
To be a photojournalist in the 80’s meant lugging around a “portable” darkroom everywhere you went so you could process and print your photos, which was a necessary step to get them sent off your boss. Before there was email (as we’ve come to know it in modern times), press photos had to be “wired” from the field to the photo desk using a special photo transmitter such as the United Press International’s UPI 16-S… [Read more…]
There is much controversy over the last presidential administration and many heated opinions about former Vice President Dick Cheney. But, this isn’t a political forum, so let’s stay focused…
September 11, 2001 was a day that shocked the nation, regardless of whether you subscribe to the government’s narrative or to the many conspiracy theories that have followed. Now, thanks to a Freedom of Information request, the U.S. National Archives has released to the public a collection of images of Mr. Cheney from that day, many taken inside the President’s Emergency Operations Center.
Sydney based street photographer, Dillon Mak, spent some time over the weekend documenting the Reclaim Australia protests and, wanting to create something in addition to the still images, the photographer also recorded video of the action. What sets Mak’s protest videos apart from all the others is the way he managed to capture it–by mounting a GoPro Hero 4 on top of his Canon 7D, Mak was able to record video with the GoPro while simultaneously shooting stills with the Canon. [Read more…]
War is tragic, and no one who has not lived through it can begin to understand its horrors. Yet, perhaps that is one of the reasons I was so captivated by it as a child. I have always loved history, but I have always been specifically intrigued by military conflict. As a kid, the only books I read were history books. I would wore out the children’s history section in our local public library and proceeded to move on to the adult section. I would come home with a thick stack of history books, particularly those involving the World Wars and Vietnam, and there were occasions when my dad would start flipping through them and ban me from certain ones until I had reached a more mature age. I would pull them off the shelves and read them in the library anyhow.
Of all the images I saw and the stories I read, one of them that stuck with me is the image of Phan Thị Kim Phúc running naked and screaming down a Vietnamese road. It is the Pulitzer Prize-winning image the rest of the world had come to know as “Napalm Girl.”
I don’t know much about Australian politics, and I barely give a rodent’s rump about American politics, to be honest. But, from what I’ve gathered, Peta Credlin, chief of staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is a bit of a hot topic with our friends down under. (What’s with you Commonwealth countries always electing a Tony into office anyway?)
Yesterday was no exception as Credlin demanded AAP photographer Tracey Nearmy delete images she had captured of the staffer at a media event hosted in the Endeavour Hills police station in Melbourne.
After an alarmingly high number of news outlets have fired their photographers in recent years, and some have trained their reporters to use the iPhone’s camera, a new effort to crowdsource photojournalism threatens to deliver another blow to the industry.
Fresco News is an app that offers ‘bite-sized’ news in the form of photos and videos captured by ‘real people’, somewhat similar to CNN’s iReport, but an upcoming update will allow its members to get sent on paid assignments for newsrooms across the U.S.
There are obvious advantages in harnessing the power of the masses and their smartphone cameras, but how long before news outlets opt for ‘good enough’ and prefer to pay $700/month for unlimited access to iPhone photos instead of dispatching professional photographers?