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.