I spent nearly 25 years working as a full-time newspaper and wire service photojournalist and picked up a few laurels along the way but no recognition pleases me more than finding my pictures in another new edition of “Photojournalism: The Professionals’ Approach” by Ken Kobre.
My enthusiasm stems from the fact that I gleaned tips and tricks from my earliest heroes when another photographer gave me his first copy of this essential photojournalism text after he picked up the second edition nearly 35 years ago.
In fact, when Ken first interviewed me for the book fifteen years later and asked about my secrets, I found myself repeating lessons I learned from the first edition.
Paying it forward like the guy who helped me, I have also handed off previous editions to students and younger colleagues whenever the latest is first published.
Perhaps most importantly, the book’s title not only validated my youthful passion but also punctuated photojournalism’s relatively recent arrival in the newsroom as a profession in itself rather than just a supplemental service to writers.
Well, I just found the 7th edition in my mailbox and was thrilled to find that my photos from September 11th, the war in Iraq and the crime beat here in Philadelphia had still made the cut.
I take particular pride in contributing to the section on self care for journalists covering tragedies, seen above with one of my photos from the ruins of the World Trade Center.
The new edition is bigger and better than ever and features a cover photo from the Boston Marathon bombing by John Tlumacki of The Boston Globe.
I have only met Ken twice, first when I had the honor to join him on an educators’ panel at a National Press Photographers Association event a few years back and then over a delightful dinner with his wife Betsy as well when we found ourselves coincidentally in Rome a few months ago.
Looking ahead, I would still like to make the cover some day but I would probably have to return to shooting full-time to have a just a remote chance. Time will tell.
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