Monday, August 19, 2019

The Sunday Still: Flipping into history

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.
The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell


Flipping into history 

How do you capture perfection as it twists, flips and dazzles through the stratosphere? It may not be the record-setting triple-double she landed on the floor on her way to win her sixth U.S. Gymnastics championship in Kansas City, Mo., last weekend, but Getty Images photographer Jamie Squire’s eye-catching image of Simone Biles in mid-flight above the balance beam is likely to be a photo that follows her into the history books. With the Stars and Stripes as the backdrop, the moment captures the height, power and clean execution of an athlete breaking barriers – and somersaulting her way into America’s hearts.

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he worked from 1987 to 2019. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Sunday Still: Illuminating Sorrow

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.
The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell


Illuminating Sorrow 

On a weekend when more than 30 people were shot and killed in mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, AP photographer John Locher was tasked with the delicate assignment of photographing a night vigil for victims in El Paso, Tex. He used the ambient glow from handheld candles to light an unobtrusive image of five girls whose collective mourning conveyed the despair that blanketed the nation. The bright blue sky behind the group is no accident; that’s the product of a knowledgeable pro adjusting his camera settings for a perfect exposure.

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he worked from 1987 to 2019. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Think Tank Photo Receives Industry Awards

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Carryology has named the
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Professional Photographer has recognized the
Stand Manager 52 & Retrospective 7 V2.0
in their 2019 Hot Ones Awards,
and Australian Photography has given the
Gold Award to the BackLight Elite 45L 
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Carryology - Best Camera Bag of 2019
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Professional Photographer - 2019 Hot Ones Awards 
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Australian Photography - Gold Award
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Thank you to Carryology, Professional Photographer, and Austrailan Photography for recognizing
Think Tank Photo and MindShift with these awards!
PRESS RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS
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The Sunday Still: The Selfie

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.
The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell


The Selfie 

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, who may be one of the few 76-year-olds on Snapchat, went social with the crowd after the debate July 31 in Detroit’s Fox Theatre. Shooting for CNN, photojournalist Gabriella Demczuk waited until after the speeches to photograph the candid moment, angling the image just right to get Biden’s face in the shot. Shooting photos of people taking photos typically isn’t news, but selfies have become too much a part of the political process to ignore.

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he worked from 1987 to 2019. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Sunday Still: Precision Diving

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.
The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell


Precision Diving 

The world’s best photographers step back and scout their assignments to find different viewpoints and layers. AP photographer Mark Schiefelbein spotted the appeal of shooting through a wall of circles at the men’s high diving competition at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangiu, South Korea, on July 24. His image of limber Ukranian diver Viacheslav Kolesnikov spinning through the air as seen through a wall of dots conjures the simple graphic brilliance of the opening titles for a James Bond movie.

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he worked from 1987 to 2019. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.

Monday, July 22, 2019

The Sunday Still: Moon Shot

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.

The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell


Moon Shot 

You think getting a man on the moon was hard? Try shooting a photo at night that conveys the wonder of a 50-year-old historic event projected onto the side of a rocket-sized national monument. Washington-based European Pressphoto Agency photographer Erik Lesser landed the stellar shot of the night July 19 by scouting the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in advance of the 50thanniversary Apollo 11 Moon landing celebration. Lesser showed up early to snag his pre-chosen spot on the end of the media riser for an angle that encompassed a clear view of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s projection on the Washington Monument and the crowd. His planning paid off when he captured the silhouette of a boy perched on someone’s shoulders transfixed by the re-creation of the flaming launch. He conquered the tricky lighting challenge by bumping up the sensitivity of his camera sensor and shooting at a relatively slow shutter speed to catch some of the ambient light from the darkening summer sky. Opting to shoot handheld, instead of on a tripod, Lesser had the flexibility to squat at a low angle to center the boy in the shot. Instead of going wide to show the lighting and surrounding screens, Lesser’s linear image focuses on the awe-inspiring moment’s skyward impact on the next generation.

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he worked from 1987 to 2019. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

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