Monday, April 27, 2015

Workplace Violence

Just Shoot Me

“News photographers tend to be tough, able to survive being shot at, both for real and verbally. The way I grew up in the business, the photo editors weren’t polite people. You were afraid of not getting the picture because the consequences of getting yelled at by an editor were way worse than getting attacked on the street by rioters—you could get shot at, beaten up, they didn’t care. They just wanted to see the pictures. They didn’t have HR in those days to complain to. I got better at taking photos out of sheer fear.” 

—David Hume Kennerly, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, “‘I Want to Be With the Circus,’” Politico magazine, April 2015 

Editorial Comment: Ben Bradlee used to call that “creative tension.” I had an editor who called it “management by terroristic threatening.”

Related: See Kennerly’s great photo-essay on 50 years of campaign photography, “‘I Want to Be With the Circus,’” Politico, April 2015

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

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