Very interesting interview of John H. White Pulitzer Prize winning Photojournalist who recently was laid off along with 27 of his co-workers at the Chicago Sun-Times on NPR’s Marketplace program with Kai Ryssdal. Click here for the link
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click on the extended interview about half way down the page.
In the extended interview, White reflects on the skill and spirit needed to take great photographs. When asked which of his own he loves best, White had this to say:
I could say, well, a baptism photograph that I took in the South, or I could say, being with the Holy Father John Paul II on his first trip to Mexico, or being the first photographer in President Mandela’s house in Soweto when he was released from prison. That type of thing. But the ordinary people…. This is the great thing about photojournalism. We’re out there every single day. Every day. The hottest day. The coldest day. When you can’t drive you walk. For others… To have that front seat to history and to the lives of people, and tell the story of humanity. Feeling the heartbeat of humanity. The heart of the world, the soul of the world. And capturing that from the cameras of our hearts… And sharing that. I always consider it a privilege