US press review by Paul Melcher
Time International. Hugo Chavez by Christopher Anderson/ Magnum
NBCnews.com : Jacky Naegelen / Reuters Protesters scuffle with French riot police in front of the headquarters of tire maker Goodyear Dunlop France during a demonstration against job cuts March 7 near Paris. In January, Goodyear confirmed plans to close a French plant near the northern city of Amiens, which would cut 1,173 jobs
LATIMES : Henderson, Nev. — Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson in pictured in his Henderson, Nev., home ahead of a 10-week, 38-date cross-country tour of his one-man stage show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." The tour comes through Los Angeles on Friday. PHOTOGRAPH BY: RICK LOOMIS / LOS ANGELES TIMES
LA Times: Scituate, Mass. — Ocean waves crash over a seawall and into houses along the coast. A nor'easter is bringing wind-whipped, wet snow to Massachusetts, and coastal flooding is expected in communities still recovering from February's blizzard. PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEVEN SENNE / ASSOCIATED PRESS
New Yorker Magazine : Musayyib, March 9, 2008. Staff Sgt. Zebadiah Thomas, of C Company, 3-7 Infantry, watches a stairwell as his squad checks the rest of the house for a fleeing suspect. Ben Brody.
Palm beach Post : MARCH 12: An anti-government protester shouts slogans as she bangs on a tray during a protest in Sanabis, Bahrain. Protesters in opposition strongholds nationwide held noisy rallies Tuesday night, banging on drums, metal trays and pot lids to stir support for a planned "Dignity Strike" on Thursday - when government opponents refrain from going to work, school or shopping and close their stores. Graffiti on the wall includes images of jailed political leaders and reads: "Freedom or martyrdom," "Dignity Strike 2, our date is March 14," and "God is greater." (Hasan Jamali/Associated Press)
Denver Post : Chantel Blunk, center, said good-bye to her husband surrounded by family and friends and her two children, 2-year-old Maximus Blunk and 4-year-old daughter Hailey Blunk, Friday, August 03, 2012, during a full military funeral for Jonathan Blunk at Mountain View Mortuary in Reno, Nevada. Blunk, a five-year U.S. Navy veteran that was killed during a July 20 shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora Colorado. RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post
LA Times Zhengzhou, China — The store saleswoman was set free after relatives persuaded the man with the knife to let her go. Photo AFP
National Geographic : Photograph by Eugene Richards A natural gas flare illuminates an evening tableau of discarded vehicles and farm tools. The region is changing quickly and drastically, yielding consequences few foresaw. “We’ve set in motion an industrial juggernaut that probably can’t be restrained,” says Clay Jenkinson, a North Dakota historian. Now the juggernaut is influencing national energy policy and efforts to address climate change.
New Yorker Magazine : Michael Wolf, “Tokyo Compression #17” (2010) “The Tokyo compression images were taken at one subway stop over a period of thirty days each morning during peak rush hour, between 7:30 and 9 A.M.,” Wolf told me. “Every eighty seconds, another train would pull up to the platform, jammed full of passengers on their way to work.”
W Magazine : Wild at Heart Photography STEVEN KLEIN Stylist LUDIVINE POIBLANC
Vanity Fair : JIM STURGESS, Actor 17 films, including Cloud Atlas (2012) and Upside Down (2013).Photographs by Bruce Weber. Styled by Jessica Dieh
New York Magazine : Illustration. (Photo: Ocean/Corbis)
Attending the NPPA convention, where some of the best news photographers of america converge to share experiences, tips, advices and anecdotes, one is reminded of a few key elements of photojournalism.
There is much more to a picture than the picture itself : listening to photographers describe how they got to capture an image is an exercise in understanding hard and prolong preparation work. Not in setting up and having the equipment ready - thats the easy part- but rather in juggling a variety of intangible that they manage to turn into the perfect storm. First and foremost, managing the human element: Every photojournalist , for every story they cover, has to interact with an incredible array of personalities, in order to get the image they want. From their assigning editors to their subjects, including everyone in the middle, publicists, soldiers, policemen, locals, mothers, politicians, bystanders, firefighters, and many more, they all have to work their way through an incredible barriers of conflicting wills before getting to the place that will allow them to get their pictures. Photojournalists, the really talented ones, are masters in reading, interpreting and convincing people. While most of the time they work under very strict deadline, they somehow achieve to convince in very limited time. They do not linger on a “no” and quickly move on into another direction, until they reach their goal. It is extremely rare that they fail.
Another element often forgotten is how much their stories travel with them. The myth of the heartless cold blooded photojournalist who shoots and leaves, unaffected, is well, just that- a myth. Every photojournalist is deeply touched by the story they cover and report on. And even if those are years away, they still live them as they happened yesterday. They have bonded with those they have photographed and shared hardship and for them, those memories never fade away but rather completes who they are.
Each story covered is built on the experience of the previous one.
To think that a photojournalist job is just being at the right place at the right time is forgetting how much work, experience, hardship , preparation and involvement is previously invested . Luck doesn’t happen by accident.