Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Sunday Still: Winning Again

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


Winning Again 

The Masters at Augusta National isn’t only a challenge for golfers. With limited access and strict rules—no running, no transmitting images on phones—the storied golf tournament tests the most experienced photographers. Even after schmoozing the crowd to get close there are risky judgment calls. Do you want the 18th hole between you and the golfer so you catch his first reaction? Or do you go behind him, hoping he turns to celebrate with the crowd? Reuters senior staff photographer Lucy Nicholson won the scramble to snag the best image of Tiger Woods celebrating an 11-year comeback to win the Masters for the fifth time on April 14. She also made the winning decision to shoot wide, instead of tight, to capture Woods’ full body language, with the joyful crowd in the background. Pity the shooters on the other side of the green who had to make the best of Woods’ back. Nicholson followed up her victory shot with a celebration of her own the next day: She was on the Reuters team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for documenting the “urgency, desperation and sadness” of migrants traveling to the U.S. from Central and South America.

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, April 15, 2019

Photojournalist Charles Trainor Jr. captures Dwyane Wade's Final Dance


By Al Diaz
Miami Herald Photojournalist

Legendary point guard Dywane Wade crashed into John Legend and Chrissy Teigen while shooting a jump shot during his final regular season home game for the Miami Heat. Miami Herald photojournalist Charles Trainor Jr. captured the decisive moment in a photograph. Once tweeted, the image went viral. 

Charlie and I covered many of Wade’s games over the years during his time in Miami, playoff games and NBA Championships in cities across the country. We were both assigned to cover the "The Last Dance", his final year and a tribute to the NBA All-Star on Tuesday night along with Matias Ocner shooting video.  

All the photographers that night seemed anxious, not knowing how the night would play out and hoping to get the perfect moment to compliment this future NBA Hall of Fame member. Charlie, Matias and I divided the coverage with only one position on the court, Charlie and I rotated as Matias shot pregame and postgame video. 

In the fourth quarter, I was sitting under the basket capturing Wade’s reactions after hitting several three-pointers. Charlie was shooting from the overhead position with a Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens mounted on a Canon EOS 1D-X. 

Charlie says, “In the final two minutes my lens was locked on Wade. I felt this is where the sentimental, emotional, heartwarming image would be captured. Then he shot a fade and fell back crushing his good friends, model and author, Christine Teigen and singer-songwriter, John Legend in their courtside seats.” 

The photograph was retweeted by Teigen, who wrote “a renaissance painting.” From there, it went VIRAL and used on TMZ, BuzzFeed, NBC's TODAY SHOW and Entertainment Tonight.

Charlie says, “My friends at FOX WSVN did a 90-second news segment and comedian Jimmy Fallon displayed it during his nightly monologue. I think it was the most viral photo of the day. It seemed to be everywhere and several celebrities continued the retweets, including Reese Witherspoon! Who would ever guess that Reese would Tweet me! Charlie said.

















Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Sunday Still: Legend on Legend

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


Legend on Legend 

Miami Herald photography legend Charles Trainor Jr. nailed the most talked-about photograph of legendary Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade’s final home game as Wade landed in the laps of legend Chrissy Teigen and her husband, John, on April 9. Trainor, a veteran photographer with three decades of experience shooting world-class athletes, knew that taking a position up high in American Airlines Arena would provide the opportunity to capture classic images of the retiring Wade on and off the court. The still image froze the moment of impact in a way that no video footage could duplicate.

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

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Sunday Still: Sealed with a Kiss

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


Sealed with a Kiss

Journalism is the “first rough draft of history,” The Washington Post publisher and late co-owner Phil Graham famously said. AP photographer Nam Y. Huh snapped the first kiss in a historic moment at an April 2 election night party in Chicago, where Lori Lightfoot became the first openly gay person and black woman to lead the city. Lightfoot wasn’t the only lesbian to win that night: Satya Rhodes-Conway was elected mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, and two other major cities – Kansas City, Missouri, and Tampa, Florida – have lesbian mayoral candidates now heading to runoff elections. But it was Huh’s photo of a victory kiss in front of a jubilant crowd that was published around the world as a symbol of what one LGBTQ activist called “the year of the lesbian mayor.”

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