While news photographer Caleb Holder was covering a car crash this weekend, little did he knew that another accident was about to happen. A semi-truck came out of the fog while Holder was shooting; if flipped on the side, missing the photographer by a whisker. And it was all caught on camera.
In the last couple of years, photojournalists have been laid off from large media companies. Along with this, did the quality of photos drop? A recent study has confirmed what many of us think is reasonable: laying off professional photojournalists leads to a loss in the quality of images. And it’s not only the loss of technical quality but so much more.
This is a story about my portfolio that went missing for 30 years. I made this collection of photographs while working as a photographer at the Goldstream Gazette, a weekly newspaper on Vancouver Island from 1976 to 1978. Although I have had my portfolio back for sometime now, I thought I would share this story as part of my 40th year of working as a newspaper photographer.
A bit of background, I had made up a portfolio of my best photographs, I was eager to move on and was actively looking for work at a bigger paper. I set my sights on the Vancouver Sun, probably a bit of a big step for a 20-year-old with only two years of experience on a weekly newspaper. My intent was to show it to the photo editor of the Vancouver Sun, who I believe was Charlie Warner.