I am revisiting the subject that some photojournalists would believe in unicorns before they would believe a talented reporter/writer can also be a gifted news photographer. Yes, many photojournalists have a sweet gig where they don’t have to do any reporting, and this is cool. I am talking about photographers who can’t grasp the idea that many reporters are gifted photojournalists.
I once mentioned ex Chicago Sun-Times photographer Rob Hart, who as a casualty of industry cut-backs prophesied that asking reporters to photograph their own stories was going to be the end of professional journalism as we know it. You can read that post here.
Chad Rachman, a dedicated reporter and photojournalist at the New York Post, recently
startling panorama with his smart phone of the New York Fire Department in
action on a huge fire near the city’s downtown.
(Please see Chad’s photograph here).
|NY Post Photojournalist Chad Rachman|
From the reporter's Facebook page.
Chad's photo received many praises on his Facebook post, including “Amazing, Chad, really amazing! You really are so incredibly talented!” “Tragically beautiful. Captivating,” and many “Awesome!”
My favorite comment was from Thom Mitchell who stated, “Proof that it isn't the camera that makes the photographer but rather it's the vision of the photographer that matters.”
One person, much like I described in my first paragraph, Chris Gallant, used the comment section to grumble that although the photo was “Awesome,” it was shot with a smart phone and therefore one might get the misconception that reporters can do the same. What? Are reporters too stupid to be creative photographers? He ended his lengthy post with, “Nice, but taken out of context, could be used against photojournalists.”
They walk among us.
To Chad Rachman I say; you are awesome, creative, and an inspiration to photojournalists. You set the bar high this time, dude.
You can see more of Chad’s inspiring photography on his website here as well as some of his reporting here.