photo journalism

Women of Color Organize for Access and Accountability in Photojournalism – The New York Times

“Tara Pixley often felt isolated in the newsrooms where she worked as a photographer or photo editor. As a “black woman who was the child of immigrants, raised by a single mom, and also a first-generation college student,” she struggled for a decade to fit in. She was the only woman of color in the photo departments where she worked and was ignored or treated dismissively.”




A Really Good Photo Day

I used to shoot for an online sports publication and my boss, SportsPage Mike, had one rule for the photogs: bring back shitloads of pictures. This inevitably led to both disaster and triumph. Team media days, which aren’t (or weren’t) really about roving photogs capturing the day, could be especially difficult. None of that on this media day. Los Angeles Sparks 2008. I hope these world class athletes don’t mind me saying that they were also, on this day, a solid team of beautiful women. Wow! I say DAMN!

An Embedded Photographer Empowers the Poor –

Via NYTimes LENS –

Scenes of poverty are inescapable in a country like Bangladesh, where Western media and charities use them to generate outrage, sympathy and — sometimes — donations.

That bothered Shehab Uddin, a former newspaper photographer in Bangladesh who knew there was more to the story than downtrodden people victimized by poverty, not to mention photojournalists.

“When photographers visit a country like Bangladesh we don’t bother to ask permission from the people we want to photograph,” Mr. Uddin said. “We have the power, with thousands of dollars of gear, nice clothes and a good education, and we think we have every right to photograph.”

Mr. Uddin not only asked permission to photograph poor people. He also moved in with several families and later had them help select the images that he would exhibit in their neighborhoods.

An Embedded Photographer Empowers the Poor –

D-day, The Invasion of France – 31 Photos at the Los Angeles Times

D-day, the invasion of France - Los Angeles Times

On June, 6, 1944, Allied forces landed on a swath of beaches in Nazi-occupied France in World War IIs most ambitious operation. The invasion and ensuing battle for Normandy helped change the course of the war. This year marks the 70th anniversary.

via D-day, the invasion of France – Los Angeles Times.

Syrian Protest in Los Angeles

Love seeing those who hail from these beleaguered nations where their friends and family are living under murderous regimes enjoying the freedom we have in the US to protest those situations. M7, 35mm Summicron 2.0 ASPH, Walgreens 200.

Originally published here in November 2012 but after reading a recent article on the atrocities the regime in Syria has perpetrated against children, I think unheard of in any of our lifetimes, I wanted to repost these images as a reminder of the continuing hell that is Syria.

WNBA Star, Jamba Juice Tackle Childhood Obesity

Comes the news the last few weeks that Los Angeles is probably going to lose its WNBA franchise, the mighty LA Sparks. This is an emotional time for me and a lot of people I (kind of) know. I covered the Sparks as both a photographer and as a reporter for many years. For four years (at least) the franchise gave me the privilege of being a media voter on the league’s end-of-season awards like Most Value Player, Coach of the Year, etc. I’ve followed the league from day one. Anyway. It’s a big blow. I devoted a ton of my time to WNBA basketball and the Sparks.

The WNBA is active in the community and especially focuses its efforts on the very young and impressionable. One special afternoon that took us to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica and with no digital camera to use I had to settle for my Leica M7 and M6 TTL, with the 50mm Summilux 1.4 ASPH and the 35mm Summicron 2.0 ASPH. I used Kodak 800 speed color (obviously) film and here were my keepers.


Attended an event at the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica co-sponsered by the WNBA and Jamba Juice.

Talked to Los Angeles Sparks guard Alana Beard about what they hoped to accomplish in their combined efforts to impact the national epidemic of childhood obesity.

Grabbed a lot of shots with my Leica M7 and M6, the Leica 50mm Summilux 1.4 ASPH and incredibly useful Leica 35mm Summicron 2.0 ASPH. All shot with Kodak 800.

And the kids. I broke a record for sweating I’m sure. There was a guy following me around with a mop. Hope the pictures are okay.

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Iranian ‘Green Revolution’ Protest Images

Covering and getting good images from a protest is almost a no-brainer. People are demonstrative, they have cool and colorful signs, there’s always a strong element of drama or, sometimes, comedy.

One of the best go-to tips for getting great protest shots (as demonstrated in these shots) is to GET LOW and STAY THERE!

Shooting from below the eye level of your subjects in these circumstances enables you to both fill the frame with and to elevate, so to speak, the individuals in your images which, I believe, augments or makes larger maybe the significance of their message. (If you’re shooting a neo-Nazi demonstration, on the other hand, you might want to bring along a step ladder.)

Also, seriously, keeping your head down might save you from catching a thrown object or a tear gas canister in the back of the noggin. It serves to keep you out of the picture (and pictures) as well. You’re less a part of the story and maybe your subjects will be more likely to look past you and get on with their protestations as opposed to reacting to you and your camera’s presence.

Getting low reminds the protesters that you are there to cover what they are doing and not to interact with them or get posed shots.

A protest at night, with great colors, great gear like the Nikon D3 and the super fast colorful 50mm 1.4 Nikkor-G, attractive and passionate Persians, all combine for some pretty dramatic pictures. All images were taken in front of the Federal Building in Westwood, CA.

Anyway, thanks for looking.


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