Posted by: David Vernon | October 3, 2008

Friday Wraps

Renee ByerRenée Byer, a photojournalist at the Sacremento Bee and the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, spoke at Bradley University last night. She’s a 1980 Bradley graduate, and was returning for the great annual Bunn Series in Photography at BU – a slightly underexposed yet great series that brings amazing photographic talent to the school and the community. While her presentation focused, in the end, on her series that won her the Pulitzer – she also showed a representative portfolio of her work over the years. It was outstanding. I think she just creates a great rapport with her subjects and she has a real knack for getting to the heart of the story. And she didn’t land the Pulitzer based on a slim body of work – she has 28 years under her belt and tells a lot of superb stories. Until next year…

¶While we’re on the topic of photojournalists – I’ll make a second reference to James Nachtwey in one week. Nachtwey introduced a new slide show today of work he’s done since the TED Foundation gave him a $100,000 grant to tell a story. First of all, if you don’t know the TED Foundation, their website has a wealth of absolutely great people telling absolutely great stories – you can get lost there for hours. Nachtwey took his grant money to tell a story that is almost unknown here in the US. There’s a short video that introduces the work – the photos are stunning as always – and a little breathtaking (and a little tough to see – which is the whole point).

¶And another common theme of late is a good lesson for all photographers of all levels. David DuChemin wrote a great piece about professionalism on his blog today. Worth a read – we’re all the same in some ways.

Have a great weekend folks.

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