From Best Buddies to Family
My story about working with Best Buddies and the Shriver Family
Originally appearing in the Official Publication of the American Society of Picture Professionals Magazine, THE PICTURE PROFESSIONAL 2011 Issue 4
Like many of my stories, this one began with a telephone call. An associate recommended me to take photos at an event. A series of questions followed. Are you available on this date? What is your fee? Oh, remember, we are a non-profit. Can you get the film donated? The event was a Best Buddies fundraiser to be hosted by Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver (Maria Shriver’s mother and sister to President John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy) at their home in Potomac, Maryland. READ MORE
A View from the Inside – How Photography and Art Careers Are Changing and What You Need to Know to Succeed
Originally appearing in THE PICTURE PROFESSIONAL 2009 Issue 1 American Society of Picture Professionals
A two-hour, standing-room-only presentation on the changing nature of careers in photography was hosted at the National Press Club on November 16, 2008 by The DC/South Chapter of the American Society of Picture Professionals in conjunction with Photoweek DC. The panel discussion “A View from the Inside – How Photography and Art Careers are Changing and What You Need to Know to Succeed” attracted students, mid-career communication professionals, and career changers considering a future in photography.
Initiating and maintaining a career in visual communication is, to say the least, getting complicated. Many traditional markets for photography are evaporating. Photo-internships are vanishing. Entry-level positions where college graduates got real world experience and learned the photography business are disappearing. Read more........
Born of a “New Deal”
Some of the most memorable documentary images are possibly the first ones ever made
Originally appearing in THE PICTURE PROFESSIONAL 2008 Issue 3 American Society of Picture Professionals
Modern, documentary photography is the accidental spawn of a depression era “New Deal” public relations program within
the Department of Agriculture. The midwife was a university professor and government bureaucrat named Roy Emerson
Stryker, who joined government through a circuitous and unlikely route.
That route began with the 1929 stock market crash, which spiraled downward into The Great Depression. In 1933, Franklin
Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was inaugurated president. Immediately after taking office, FDR gathered the best and brightest of his
generation into a “kitchen cabinet” to informally advise him in combating the ongoing economic collapse. One kitchen
cabinet member, Rexford Tu g w e l l—f o rme r l y chair of the Economics Department at Columbia University—was appointed
to run what became the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Security Administration (FSA). Read more.......
Disaster Recovery for your Computer System
Originally appearing in THE PICTURE PROFESSIONAL 2006 Issue 3 American Society of Picture Professionals
Has your PC experienced the dreaded blue screen? Has your McIntosh suddenly emitted a screaming of brakes followed by a sickening crash?
If you haven’t yet been terrified by one of these events or a beheld a bewildering monitor display of hexadecimals with an error message, you either haven’t been computing very long or you’ve been very, very lucky. All computers can be expected to crash and burn at some point in their life cycle. There will be some data loss. In most cases, it won’t be horrific. Read more.....