Professional photojournalist Mark M. Hancock discusses photojournalism and the eccentricities associated with gathering images for daily newspapers and magazines.
I don't have any profound words. I hate covering accident scenes.
True. I'd rather nothing tragic happened to anyone. However, I figure with the title of this blog, I ought to post one of these every now and then. They aren't pretty, they aren't something to hang on the wall, but they are at the core of the profession.This is the taxpayer’s dollars at work. This is the watchdog role of the press.Additionally, it's a reminder that traffic signals should be observed. I'd rather someone see this image and be upset by the image rather than suffering the same fate. When the light turns yellow, apply the brake. People shouldn't die to avoid a 3-minute wait.
No arguments here. Life isn't pretty. Life is messy and life is hard. It serves no one to sugar-coat it.I would like to add, for those young PJs who are not aware of it, that the NPPA offers free counseling via telephone or email for photographers who need to talk after covering upsetting or traumatic scenes. All of the volunteer counselors on the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) are working photojournalists trained to listen and understand the emotions photojournalists might experience after covering not only major disasters such as the Oklahoma City bombing, but also local auto accidents, house fires, etc. Services are free and you can remain anonymous if you wish.To contact any of the CIRT members, go to http://tinyurl.com/95pq3To become a CIRT member, you can fill out an application on the following page: http://tinyurl.com/bkxne
Originally posted June 13, 2005.
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