Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Sunday Still: Boys of Summer

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

Boys of Summer

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographer Steph Chambers brings a fresh, artful eye to the annual rite of passage of high school football players training in the heat for a new season. Her package of photos – “High school football personifies Western Pennsylvania’s steel grit”– is a series of cleverly composed moments that trigger delight and nostalgia. It’s a reminder of what newspaper photographers can achieve when given time and creative freedom. Clickbait and gratuitous videos be damned. Give us still images that capture the human condition and make us linger on our screens.

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.