Episode 119 »» The Chosen Image, breaking news photography, shutter time with sid and mac podcast

Image by Mark Reierson

The Canadian Portraitist Revisited 

We brought back one of our previous guests, Calgary photographer Mark Reierson, to be a guest co-host for the night. Before we dive straight in with our main topic of the night, we took a few moments to catch up with Mark.  Have a listen and find out what he’s been up to!

The Face of the Story – Breaking News Photography

As humans, we often think about historical events and the impact these events have had on our world — our society and ourselves. As photographers, we can take it a step further and wonder why a particular image or a series of images was chosen to visually represent an event. A single image has the power to become the face of history, triumph and far too many times, tragedy. Why?

Many of these well known photographs and the photographers who made them have a collection of awards and other distinctions, including the Pulitzer Prize for one of the current (or former) photography categories. It’s often one or two photos, which remain in our minds – perhaps forever, and it led us to wonder what makes a photograph so powerful it has become the chosen one? We took to our mics to figure this out in an attempt to satisfy our curiosity.

Join the Convo

When you think of the breaking news events in our world, do you look to the photography to help tell the story or skip right to the audio, video and/or text ? Are there any images burned in your brain where they become the image you think of first when it comes to remembering such events? What do you think makes an image so powerful? We’d love to hear your take on this. You can find us on Bookface and Twitter as well as this site. You can also subscribe for free via iTunes and Stitcher! Thanks to the comments and continued interaction, our friends. Always welcomed and very much appreciated!

Thanks again to Mark for coming back on the show! Please make sure you take a moment or two (or many!) and check out his work. You can also order his book via Blurb here!

Thanks for tuning in!

Cheers, y’all!

Links from the show:

Episode 104 »» 100 Strangers Project w/ Mark Reierson

The Canadian Portraitist

Excuse Me, May I? / book by Mark Reierson

The Pulitzer Prizes | Breaking News Photography 1998-Present

The Pulitzer Prizes | Feature Photography 1968-Present

The Pulitzer Prizes | Photography 1942-1967

The Pulitzer Prizes | Spot News Photography 1968-1999

Moments: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs – updated 2015 (Side note: I could not find a copy online of my 2005 hardcopy edition, so above is the updated one.)