Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Sunday Still: From Patrick Farrell

The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell
July 12, 2020
Welcome back to photojournalist Patrick Farrell's weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Along with this week's selection, I'm including Farrel's selects from the past several weeks. 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 ASSIGNMENT ALSO RISES

Faced with empty arenas, canceled events and other nonstarters, photojournalists this summer are taking on tough assignments to make something from nothing. Reuters photographer Jon Nazca rose to the challenge in Spain by holding up photos from last year’s running of the bulls in the same Pamplona locations, effectively conveying the first cancellation of the famous San Fermin festival since the 1930s. The July 7 photo illustrations contrast quiet streets and squares with hand-held printed images that are raucous and full of life – a resourceful response to a pandemic forcing shooters to think outside the frame.


The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell
July 5th, 2020

 

Meet Me in St. Louis?

Photographing street protests is challenging enough, but it becomes even more so when an AR-15 rifle and a shiny semiautomatic pistol are pointed at you. Reuters photographer Lawrence Bryant was doubly challenged when a Black Lives Matter protest he was covering June 28 turned into a confrontation with barefoot, gun-waving homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey outside their 18,000-square-foot mansion in St. Louis, Missouri. Bryant, carrying only one camera, risked being confused with protestors and snapped a series of unnerving breaking news images that lit up partisan divides, with deeper symbolism about guns, race and private property vs. public space. “I just was trying to make frames,” Bryant said. “Trying to stay safe, trying to dodge the barrel of the gun and stay out of sight and out of line. I’m a big, Black man and I always have to pay attention to that anyway.”



                            The Sunday Still
                                                    from Patrick Farrel
                                                       June 28th, 2020    

 

MONUMENTAL CHANGE

AAt 60 feet, the Robert E. Lee Monument in the center of Richmond is too massive to topple. With its fate now in the courts as lawsuits challenge Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s decision to remove the stone-and-bronze statue, the one-time symbol of the Confederate Capital has been transformed by Black Lives Matter protesters into a canvas for graffiti, a performance venue for video projections and gospel concerts, and a makeshift court for pick-up basketball. Style Weekly Photography Editor Scott Elmquist captured the public takeover in a riveting Juneteenth photo that shows Melachi Cobbs in mid-dunk against an attempted block by his cousin, Myles Bradley Cobbs. The peak playground moment amid swirling social change is made even more dramatic against an ominous gray sky, with daylight bouncing off the statue’s transformed base. The vignette is reminiscent of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John H. White’s moving photos of Black Chicago life in the 1970s for the Environmental Protection Agency’s DOCUMERICA project. Like White’s masterful photos, Elmquist’s image conveys the everyday life conquest of joy in the moment.

                        
                            The Sunday Still
                                                    from Patrick Farrel
                                                       June 21st, 2020   

 

LET YOUR FLAG FLY


A solitary Pride Flag and the majestic U.S. Supreme Court building came together for the photo of the week in Washington, D.C., on June 15, when Reuters photographer Tom Brenner waited for the decisive moment to capture the jubilation of runner Joseph Fons as he celebrated the court’s ruling protecting LGBTQ+ workers. The monochromatic background of the towering courthouse and pastel blue sky draw all eyes to the colorful statement of the rippling flag’s rainbow colors piercing through the middle of the photograph. Brenner’s wide perspective conveys the magnitude of the moment and a movement’s victory.


                           The Sunday Still
                                                    from Patrick Farrel
                                                       June 14th, 2020   

 

A Country Pays Respects

The power of the still image is that sometimes a photographer can show us what we don’t see or what we need to see. Shooting for The Fayetteville Observer, photographer Melissa Sue Gerrits spotted this ethereal moment on June 6 outside of Cape Fear Conference B Church, where thousands of people lined up for a memorial for George Floyd near his North Carolina birthplace, as his body traveled through there from Minneapolis, where he died in police custody, on the way to Houston, where he grew up. Gerrits’ remarkable photograph is one of many in “How Black Lives Matter Reached Every Corner of America,” a fascinating interactive display of the movement published by The New York Times that marries images, data and the poetic words of national enterprise correspondent Audra D.S. Burch. I got lost all weekend in these 250+ photos, starting with Gerrits’ stunner. Shooting from a low vantage point, Gerrits saw through the crowds to isolate the distinguished profile of a lone masked mourner leaning into the heavenly backdrop of a church steeple disappearing into the clouds. She wisely gave the photo room to breathe, conveying a moment that was solemn, majestic and otherworldly. 


                                                    June 7th, 2020
                                         

 

Fists Up

Among the many powerful images from the continuing Black Lives Matter protests, freelance photographer Alyssa Schukar captured a solemn moment of solidarity June 2 at a makeshift Minneapolis memorial where George Floyd was taken into police custody. The past week brought one striking photo after another – from worldwide street demonstrations and the destruction of Confederate statues to President Trump’s Bible-toting, church-side photo op and the bright yellow Black Lives Matter street mural painted by a defiant DC mayor. Despite becoming targets of violence as they were shot by rubber bullets, pepper sprayed, arrested and at times criticized for showing demonstrators’ faces, photojournalists documented a remarkable week. Shooting for the New York Times, Schukar framed her photograph with a fist raised in the foreground, a gesture repeated in the shadows of fists through the crowd, rising to a rooftop series of clenched hands. Set against a moody sky, the historic symbol of triumph and resistance represented the momentum of a movement.


The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell
May 31st, 2020



 

The World Turned Upside Down—Again 

In three Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs seared into our collective memory, the American flag has been an expression of valor, a weapon, and a jolting statement about the American dream-turned-nightmare. On May 28, when Associated Press photographer Julio Cortez captured a lone protestor’s silhouette against the flames of a burning liquor store in Minneapolis, the upside-down flag became the latest symbol of racial injustice and outrage as people poured into the streets to protest another black man’s death in white police custody. At a minute before midnight, on the third day of protests over the death of George Floyd, Cortez caught up with the protestor passing by the fire, its flames glowing through the fabric of the flag. In that split second, Cortez snapped an image that tells a country’s history, just like Joe Rosenthal’s 1945 picture of six U.S. Marines raising the flag in Iwo Jima, Stanley Forman’s “Soiling of Old Glory” of a white teenager assaulting a black lawyer in Boston in 1977, and Robert Cohen’s photo of Ferguson protestor Edward Crawford wearing a stars-and-stripes T-shirt while throwing a tear gas canister back at police in Missouri six years ago, when 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a white police officer. Cortez’s quick news judgment on a tense, chaotic street went viral. Said AP Director of Photography David Ake: “One foot in either direction and the image would lose that backlight and lose the impact.”

The Undefeated: George Floyd’s mother was not there but he used her as a sacred invocation
The New York Times: In George Floyd’s Death, a Police Technique Results in a Too-Familar Tragedy
The New Yorker: The Intolerable Tensions Between American Cities and their Police Forces
The Washington Post: This is why Colin Kaepernick took a knee

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.

Friday, May 22, 2020

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    Tuesday, April 28, 2020

    Monday, April 13, 2020

    Think Tank Photo; 20% Off Everything!

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    Sunday, April 5, 2020

    The Sunday Still: Stranded at Sea

    The Sunday Still
    from Patrick Farrell
    Welcome to photojournalist Patrick Farrell's 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.


    Stranded at Sea

    Before it was allowed to dock in Fort Lauderdale this past week, Holland America’s TMS Zaandam was one of the “virus death ships” nobody wanted. Carrying nearly 200 passengers confined to their cabins and four dead bodies, the cruise ship was in limbo for days after South American ports denied it entry. AFP photographer Luis Acosta captured the sad saga as the ship passed through the Panama Canal on March 29. Most news outlets ran wide shots of the indistinguishable ship at sea, but Acosta’s image of a solitary passenger framed in the glowing window of his cabin zoomed in on the story. His stark photograph is a frame within a frame, creating multi-dimensional layers made more compelling by the emptiness of the other lit windows. The photo’s solitary silhouette spoke volumes about what was at stake – not a big ship, but the frightened, isolated lives on board.

    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.

    Sunday, March 22, 2020

    The Sunday Still: The New Normal

    The Sunday Still
    from Patrick Farrell
    Welcome to photojournalist Patrick Farrell's 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 New Normal

    Award-winning photojournalist Yunghi Kim went underground to document New York City getting sicker in a three-day series of masterful black-and-white photos published in Rolling Stone on March 17. Her 14 images depict life-changing for the millions of New Yorkers who rely on the city’s subway system. The first photo of a man asleep with a surgical mask in an unusually empty car near 34th Street inserts us into the moment, seemingly unaware that a photographer has brought us there. The best documentary-style photos make you wonder, “Where is the photographer? How did she do that?” Kim and her camera are unobtrusive, invisible. She has turned us into eyewitnesses as life swirls around us. Kim, who has covered conflicts and in-depth stories around the world for 34 years, started the “Trailblazers of Light” website earlier this year to recognize the work of pioneering female photojournalists. This photo story demonstrates why she’s made her mark in the field.

    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, March 21, 2020

    Think Tank Photo: Women's History Month

    WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH 
    Photo Credit: Deanne Fitzmaurice

    BIG breath!  So much has happened since we first discussed the focus of this month's newsletter with Think Tank co-founder, Deanne Fitzmaurice, a few weeks ago. Now we're all here, in this new paradigm, together. To all of you in our extended Think Tank family, we want you to know our hearts are with you and we hope your families stay safe and healthy.

    Despite all the uncertainty, unknowns, and anxiety around us, it's still Women's History Month, and we want to honor the incredible work the female members of Think Tank's Pro Team are creating. Here's Deanne:

    "Fifteen years ago, when we started Think Tank to create carrying solutions for photographers, I had no idea how much the industry would have evolved. We are deeply grateful to help support a strong, diverse community of visual storytellers shining a light and telling stories with passion and heart.

    I’m honored to be a part of this vibrant community of photographers, and today I want to give a special shout-out to all the amazing women as we celebrate Women’s History Month. Your voices contribute powerfully to the collective story being told by photographers today and throughout history pioneered by women such as Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange, Bernice Abbott, Helen Levitt and Imogen Cunningham, to name a few.

    Today, in these uncertain times with the Covid-19 virus pandemic, photographers everywhere are trying to keep ourselves and our families safe and healthy, while feeling the economic impact. Here is a list of resources to help freelance artists through this period." — Deanne Fitzmaurice 

    THINK TANK PRO NICOLE CHAN
    Nicole Chan is a Boston wedding photographer dedicated to capturing candid moments, creating beautiful portraits, and eating wedding cake.You can follow Nicole on both her photography and studioInstagrams. 
    THINK TANK PRO LOTUS CARROLL
    Photographer and poet living in the Austin, TX area, Lotus Carroll, creates to portray what her heart and soul, rather than just her eyes, are seeing. Check out more of her work on her SmugMug page, as well as on Instagram,
    and the Lightroom class on Skillshare she is currently teaching.
    THINK TANK PRO MANDY LEA DAVIS
    Our newest Think Tank Pro, Mandy Lea Davis, says this about her journey, "After nearly 20 years of pursuing a conventional photography career in camera stores I was faced with a choice: give in to burnout from the same routine everyday or take a daring leap and pursue my passion. So, I quit my job, moved into a teardrop trailer, and took my photography skills to the road." You can follow Mandy and Kendrick's tear-dropped adventures on Instagram and YouTube.
    THINK TANK PRO DEANNE FITZMAURICE
    Select photographs from the Women at Work series by Think Tank co-founder, Deanne Fitzmaurice. You can see more of Deanne's Pulitzer Prize
    winning work on her website and Instagram.
    THINK TANK PRO TAMARA LACKEY