Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Sunday Still: To Infinity & Beyond

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

To Infinity & Beyond 

Freelance photographer Wesley Hitt caught Texas A&M athlete Infinite Tucker in mid-flight as Tucker dove over the finish line to win by a torso the 400-meter hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. on May 11. Quick reflexes, an instinct to focus on one runner while leaving the stragglers in the back for context plus the high drama of the moment all combined for a stellar sports photograph. The story was just as uplifting: Tucker said he ran for his mother, the woman who gave him his unusual first name and the belief that “my possibilities in life are endless.” He didn’t want to settle for second place like last year. “The last couple of meters, I just envisioned her. And I took that leap.” HT David Davis for the find.

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.