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  1. NYC Trip Day Three

    Dan Witkowski at the New York Times.  April 11, 2014.

    Another long, inspiring, and informational filled day started in Brooklyn where we met Brian Storm the founder of MediaStorm, a multimedia production and publishing company.  Brian brought enthusiasm that showed he believed in his company and what he was doing.    All week I’ve been hearing how still photography won’t make money and that can be somewhat discouraging to a photo student, but Brian stated that his love of still photography is what brought him where he is today.  Brian also talked about creating an identity with your work. Which will create value. This is something I know I have to work on as I grow as a storyteller.   The one thing that I took the most from Brian was his idea of collaboration sharing with my peers and I too “know your limitations hire people that are better than you.” I embrace this idea and believe the best work always comes from a good working team. MediaStorm is the type of organization that is progressive, innovative and adapting to change in an ever-evolving industry. 

    Our stop of the day was at the New York Times where we met James Estrin.  James has been at the Times for 26 years.  James made it point that a nice picture is okay but that more importantly it was the research before hand that was more important. James said, “the process is key to great work and being a photographer.”  James also introduced us to Leslye Davis who shoots and edits photography and short documentaries for the web.  Leslye is just two years out of college. She explained that to get where she is now she practiced and worked hard at honing her craft, whether or not it was for class assignments. I struggle with this; often times knowing that my classwork isn’t where I want it be discourages me to seek out more work.


    Times Square, New York, NY. April 17, 2014. 

    Reuters is where our last and final stop of the day was.  At Reuters we had a great Variety of speakers from young up comers to seasoned veterans that included Latif Adrees, Darren Ornitz, and Lucas Jackson. Darren Ornitz is a young photographer who told us his story about getting work with Reuters.  Darren told us to be “humble about success” and that we should have “integrity and work hard.”   Lucas Jackson, a Reuters staff photographer, spoke next. I enjoyed how told us to look for inspiration in other work and to always check other resources such as TimeLightBox, Image Deconstructed, and PDNpulse among other sources.  

    At Reuters we also had the pleasure of meeting Steve Maze, Frank Fourier, and Alan Chin.   Steve Maze of VII “told us the more personal a story the more stronger” He also made me realize a new way of looking at my work. That as photographers ” we are publishers, we are in control of story, subject, and who our audience is.”  Frank Fourier was a seasoned photojournalist who encouraged us to “break from the pack.” That we need to invest in our self to tell better stories.   What I took from Alan Chin was his approach to his personal story telling and personal work, which is a story about his parent’s hometown in China.  


  2. NYC Trip Day Two

    Today we started out with the Wall Street Journal.  All my past ideas of what the Wall St. Journal (WSJ) was have gone out the door.  Jack Van Antwerp the director of photography at the WSJ explained in what the WSJ mission was more specifically how photography was used.   Jack Van Antwerp explained to my classmates and myself that “demand for still photography is in decline” however “the demand for good stories has increased.”    Jack also reiterated the fact that “there’s story in your own back yard that your missing” and finished by saying that if you can tell those stories than an employer will send to a Nepal.   I enjoy when editors share tiny tidbits that you’re always afraid to ask about. Jack was kind enough to share some them. Here is my favorite:

    • Being in the middle of the country will get you more work than in a major city.
    • You have a millisecond to make your point in an email
    • keep editors in the loop with new work
    • Make and email personal if you can

    Our second stop of the day was at Bloomberg. We had a nice personal conversation with Graham Morrison the Head of Photo in the Americas and Scott Ells Chief Photographer.  With Bloomberg being a financial and politically heavy I really didn’t know how Bloomberg used photography. But Graham explained with ” Economy does hit people at some point and that’s where photographers come in” including that “you have to be like a photographic technician being able to illustrate an idea.”    Coming out of college and looking for a job they told us not to be overly picky on where to look for work and to keep our options way open. was our 3rd stop where we met RIT Alum Katie Bubacz who serves as Photo Editor.   She explained to us the importance of networking and how it basically how she was getting into the business from here time spent at Eddies Adams workshop.   Katie explained the difference in quality that you will find at magazines, newspaper, and online as far as photography goes and that all three have different audiences and that it dictate content.  Katie made some interesting points with photo editing stating: “as an editor think of yourself going to be out there shooting.”  That way the photographers get exactly what you want.

    Our last stop of the day my peers and I were given a tour of Teach for America by two former RIT students Megan Rossman and Prisca Edwards.  Megan told us the great amount of potential for story telling that does not deal with news organization and how in the 3 years she has been with Teach for America it has doubled in size.  Sometimes with my work it becomes formulaic.  It was nice to hear Megan tell us to avoid making blanket rules when making work.  Another great point brought up was the need for good editing because “you lose half your audience every 30 seconds.” 


  3. NYC Trip Day One


    Today my classmates and I visited the headquarters of the Associated Press.  We were greeted by Santiago Lyons the Vice President and Director of Photography of The Associated Press.

    Before entering the newsroom Mr. Lyon stopped a moment to show us a memorial dedicated to AP journalist who have died while on duty for the AP including the 2nd women on the list German Photographer Anja Niedringhaus. This was an important reminder of the danger journalist put themselves to show the rest of the world.

    We were then allowed to sit on a meeting which was a daily rundown of the news topics and trends from around the world.  AP news Editors from around the world were video conferencing in giving the latest on such events as Ukraine Crisis, the continuing search for flight MH370 and sports trends.

    Mr. Lyons then gave us a presentation on events that the AP had covered recently such as the Sochi Games and the Afghan Elections.  I especially enjoyed his touching presentation on Anja Niedringhaus. He told us she would shoot sports to create a balance in her career. This an issue that find personal because I’m always trying to find balance in my own work.  

    I found it interesting that sports is actually 75% of what AP photographers cover.

    Mr. Lyons also gave an insight into what he wants from a photographer.   Telling us most of what we have learned from professors and other professionals but what stuck out most was his idea on attitude: “photography is a direct result of the attitude of the photographer.” 

    Our second destination of the Day was at Human Rights Watch(HRW) located in the Empire State Building. We met with Emma Daly the communications director.  HRW believes that exposure pushes change. Backed with extensive research HRW uses photography and video to make human rights violations known to the public forcing change. Credibility is huge so the research must be correct before making issues public. 

    When looking for photographers to collaborate with Emma said they look for people who can tell story and understand what they want.  One of the latest issues being researched is children working in tobacco fields in the United States. HRW also produces most o their content on issues in the US, saying that if the U.S. is not accountable why should others nations be accountable? 


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    19th Ward. Rochester, NY. March 2014. © Donny Bajohr


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