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.