Editorial Photographer in Pittsburgh
Answer your phone. That’s a lesson I learned when I was new in the business and looking for work as an editorial photographer in Pittsburgh.
Back then I had a pager (remember those?). Soon after I bought a big, clunky cellular phone because the job would usually go to the person who responded first. One day when I was out on Lake Arthur in Butler County in my canoe my pager went off. I paddled to the middle of the lake where there was reception, unzipped the bag that held my cell phone, and took out the hand set to respond to the page. I got the assignment.
Covering the Special Election
Things are a little easier these days. I was at breakfast with some friends at Bob’s Diner (mmmm bacon) when I got an email on my iPhone. It was an editor from the Daily Telegraph in London looking for a photographer to work with a reporter on a story about the upcoming special election in the PA 18th Congressional District. I responded and pretty soon it was a done deal. I met the reporter that afternoon and we got to work.
We spent the afternoon in Mt. Lebanon talking with voters and figuring out how to illustrate the story. The next day the president had an event scheduled at a manufacturing plant near the airport. It was too late to get credentials but I photographed a 14-feet-tall version of him in the eastern part of the 18th Congressional District near Latrobe before heading to the event to photograph protestors.
How to Tell the Story
The challenge was to illustrate a story about an issue that has a lot of elements that people are passionate about but aren’t necessarily visual. With a little communication and teamwork Daily Telegraph readers were able to get a sense of what’s going on in a far off country that has an effect on their lives in the UK.
Here’s the front page and the inside spread where the story and photos ran. That trip to Southern Italy and Sicily looks pretty inviting 🙂
Here are a few other photos from the assignment that didn’t make it into print.
Symbolism was employed on both sides of the divide. The divide in this case was protesters and counter-protesters on opposite sides of the road near the entrance to the business where the president was speaking.
After the president left, we found both candidates at campaign events of their own.
After years of experience as a photojournalist on staff at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, I still enjoy the challenge that comes with editorial photography. Call, text, or email if you’re looking for a news photographer in the Pittsburgh area, northern West Virginia, or eastern Ohio.
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