Pat Davison has held staff positions at major U.S. newspapers and freelanced for dozens of magazines over the two decades he’s been a photojournalist. Davison is now a professor at the University of North Carolina where he combines teaching with photography and multimedia projects. Being a prof doesn’t keep him from shooting though, as he still takes assignments and sells prints of his work. He has a slew of awards under his belt, but most noteworthy is that Davison shared the Pulitzer Prize in News Photography in 2000 with the Rocky Mountain News photo staff for coverage of the Columbine High School tragedy.
Davison’s blog, Carolina Photojournalism, is not so much about his personal work (which you can find on his website) as it is a place to show off the work of his students, from beginning to advanced. It’s also a place to find out about the latest amazing multimedia project the students have done, like covering the Special Olympics live, documenting life in southern Thailand after the 2004 Asian tsunami, or documentary storytelling in the Galapagos. The multimedia projects are a truly amazing time of learning for students. I know firsthand from the 2005 project in Santiago de Compostela, Spain that I was a part of while at Carolina where I got to photograph the ancient tradition of caring for wild horses called “a Rapa Das Bestas”.
If you’re in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina area it’s definitely worth checking out a photonight on the first Tuesday of every month where you can hear from photographers like Antonin Kratochvil, Kristen Ashburn, Chris Rainier and many other known and unknown photographers (photonight is where I was first exposed to the work of Vincent Laforet). Finally, if you can’t tell already, I studied under Davison from 2005-2006 and found him to be a truly inspirational teacher, mentor and friend.
View the latest posts (updated automatically):
Also, Pat asked me to make sure that Chris Carmichael gets credit for being the one who updates the Carolina Photojournalism blog.
This entry was written by Photographers and tagged Antonin Kratochvil, Carolina Photojournalism, Chapel Hill, Chris Rainier, JOMC, Kristen Ashburn, Pat Davison, photonight, professor, Pulitzer Prize, Special Olympics, Thailand, Top Shelf, UNC, Wordpress. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on March 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm, filed under
Egyptian-born Tewfic El-Sawy is best known on the internet as The Travel Photographer. Now residing in New York, he’s a freelance photographer who specializes in documenting endangered cultures and traditional life ways of Asia, Latin America and Africa. What’s perhaps most interesting about El-Sawy is that he invites others to join his photo expeditions on a referral/friend basis. He then shares the experiences on the blog, like a recent trip to Theyyams of Malabar, going over the hotels, the route, what worked and what didn’t and how he’d do it differently next time. El-Sawy also shares lots of great links to other work that interests him on his blog, like a WSJ photo of a burqa-clad woman walking in an old Kabul bazaar, or The Boston Globe’s Scenes From Pakistan. He shares insight on how the shot was probably taken and any experience he’s had with that area. It’s an amazing resource for any travel photographer, or anyone else who needs some inspiration. Check out the latest posts (updated automatically):
This entry was written by Photographers, Travel Photographers and tagged africa, asia, Blogger, Boston Globe, Egypt, endangered cultures, expedition, latin america, Theyyams of Malabar, Travel Photography, Wall Street Journal. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on March 12, 2009 at 3:20 am, filed under
A photojournalist with the Raleigh News & Observer in Raleigh, NC, Shawn Rocco searches for storytelling moments amidst the grind of daily photojournalism assignments. Never lacking in inspiration, and with the help of his camera phone he captures his personal thoughts about assignments and other random things that you get to witness as a photojournalist. I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with Shawn over a beer and darts at a UNC Photonight and running into him on assignments, and I can say he’s a great guy to be around. Check out his camera phone blog called Cellular Obscura. Here are some of the most recent posts (updated automatically):
This entry was written by Photographers and tagged Blogger, camera obscura, Camera Phone, cell phone camera, Raleigh News & Observer, Shawn Rocco, Undiscovered. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on March 5, 2009 at 7:20 pm, filed under