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Lobo Journalism Bootcamp

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I had  a great time speaking on a panel about cooperation in the newsroom with Mark Holm, Kelly Brewer and Jakob Schiller last weekend as part of the Daily Lobo Bootcamp. Working with students is really rewarding. We didn’t have much time, there’s a lot to learn but at moments you feel like you can almost see the light bulbs on top the students heads going off when you make certain points. They have a lot of bad ideas about what newspapers are and how newspaper journalism should look. It’s can be a lot of work but I’m only here because of the kindness and generosity of numerous other photographers and journalist who shared their vast knowledge with me. But the truth is I think we speakers get as much inspiration from them as they get from us.

Mark, Kelly Jakob & I all worked together at the Albuquerque Tribune. Myself and many other people who knew of The Trib often speak of it is a magic place for photography, but it wasn’t just that the photography was making magic. Every year our goal was one particular award, Best Use of Photography from Pictures of the Year International. Here’s why. From the POYi site:

“Photo editing should demonstrate sensitivity for the selection and organization of documentary photojournalism and the appropriate use of photo illustrations. Page design should reflect consideration for the reader and respect for the vision of the photographer. Judges will consider the effectiveness of the captions, headlines and other display typography as well as photo content. Aggressive local coverage and imaginative editing of wire and syndicated photos are important. Layout of inside pages and section fronts will be evaluated.”

The communication and teamwork at the Tribune or what made the photography great. The Best Use award was presented to the photo staff, but really it was an award for the entire paper. Journalists were treated as equals regardless of what media they used to tell people’s stories, and man did we tell some stories well. The design and copy desks were the real unsung heroes, bringing it all together and making all of us look a whole lot smarter. Given how poorly most newspapers treat their design and copy editors these days, it is no surprise that the students aren’t familiar with good newspaper journalism, it’s harder to find than just a few years ago. I just hope that some of the good work the Tribune did can inspire the students to go further, do and be better. I know it did for me.

Instagram portrait for AARP

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Recently I had my first assignment for AARP Bulletin, a publication I really respect because they have been working with some wonderful photographers and producing interesting and innovative journalism under the thoughtful direction of picture editor Michael Wichita. For this particular shoot, AARP was having one photographer in each state make a portrait of a subject and then ask them a few questions about the economy. The catch was it had to be done with my phone and processed using Instagram. Like I said, interesting and innovative. I was cool to be included along with a number of my photo friends and acquaintances, but I think my favorite photo from the series (so far) was composed by Ian C. Bates, a student at Ohio University. I can’t get a direct link to that picture, so you’ll just have to follow the whole project on Twitter  or on Instagram.

Finally, big thanks to my subject Daniel Espalin for taking the time to talk with me and allowing me to photograph him as a winter storm rolled into town.

 

4 years later

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Caravan for peace for DPA

Caravan for Peace: Peace and Poetry on the Plaza in Santa Fe New Mexico on Monday, Aug 20th, 2012. (Steven St. John)

Caravan for Peace: Peace and Poetry on the Plaza in Santa Fe New Mexico on Monday, Aug 20th, 2012. (Steven St. John)

Caravan for Peace: Peace and Poetry on the Plaza in Santa Fe New Mexico on Monday, Aug 20th, 2012. (Steven St. John)

Caravan for Peace: Peace and Poetry on the Plaza in Santa Fe New Mexico on Monday, Aug 20th, 2012. (Steven St. John)

Caravan for Peace: Peace and Poetry on the Plaza in Santa Fe New Mexico on Monday, Aug 20th, 2012. (Steven St. John)

Caravan for Peace: Peace and Poetry on the Plaza in Santa Fe New Mexico on Monday, Aug 20th, 2012. (Steven St. John)

The Caravan For Peace passed through Santa Fe last month. You can find out more about their mission by visiting their website. I was asked to photograph it for one of my favorite clients, Drug Policy Alliance.

RIP Johnny Tapia

Steven St. John/Tribune..Johnny Tapia exits his corner for the start of the tenth round, possibly his last as a professional fighter on Friday night, Feb. 22, 2007 at Isleta Casino. (Steven St. John)

Albuquerque boxing legend Johnny Tapia has died. In the end, his battles outside the ring were much more difficult for him.