Scenes from Ferguson – One Year After Michael Brown

The Daily Mail reports that at least 12 people were arrested in Ferguson on Monday night amid pitched battles between protesters and police.  A cat and mouse game developed over the course of the night as police in riot gear staged sporadic raids on the group of 1,500 people on West Florissant Avenue in the suburb of St Louis in Missouri.  Officers rushed groups of protesters and pepper sprayed them before snatching suspects and handcuffing them.  Protesters threw bottles of water and screamed: ‘F*** the police’ as tensions threatened to boil over for a second night.


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A visit with Carlos A. Moreno from Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism

You may remember our friend Carlos from his Five Fab Fotos:


Carlos is back to talk to us about crowdfunding in journalism and about a upcoming crowdfunding workshop, hosted by MediaShift, a partner of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism.  The workshop will be lead by Through the Cracks Founder & Editor Khari Johnson on August 18th 1PM EST.

For those who may not know what crowdfunding is, here’s what Wikipedia says about crowdfunding:

“Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet. Crowdfunding is a form of alternative finance, which has emerged outside of the traditional financial system.
The crowdfunding model is fueled by three types of actors: the project initiator who proposes the idea and/or project to be funded; individuals or groups who support the idea; and a moderating organization (the “platform”) that brings the parties together to launch the idea.”

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Five Fab Fotos with Susan Angstadt, A Visual Conversation with Imaginative Professionals

Many of you may remember that our friend Susan was featured in “Five Fab Fotos” last year and now she has just started a new blog titled “Reading Revealed“.

Here’s a little bit from her “About me” page:

I’m a photographer at the Reading Eagle. I grew up in Spring Township, moved to New York City for 14 years, and now have lived in Reading, Pa., for the past 12 years.

With this blog I photograph the people of Reading and get to know them by having them answer one intimate question about themselves. I ask questions such as:

  • What is your greatest achievement?
  • What was the happiest moment of your life?
  • What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning?
  • What is your greatest struggle?

Looking forward to some great posts!


Meet Susan Angstadt, Staff Photojournalist for the Reading Eagle:


I grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania – in the backyard of Amish country – and have worked as a photojournalist at the Reading Eagle newspaper since 2001. After earning a degree in film production from Hunter College in New York City, I studied photography at the International Center of Photography, also in NYC. My love for journalism started while living in the Hasidic area of Williamsburg Brooklyn where I was fascinated by the culture. This was further enhanced by a class I took at ICP called “documenting a community” where I went to Columbus Park in Chinatown nearly every day for weeks to document the people who practiced Tai Chi or played poker. As a photojournalist I have won numerous awards, including four Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors awards. In my spare time, I enjoy photographing anything cute and furry, older…

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Five Fab Fotos with Tony Fiorini, A Visual Conversation with Imaginative Professionals

Meet Tony Fiorini, Freelance Photographer:

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I started taking pictures in college where I worked for The Pitt News, the student newspaper for the University of Pittsburgh. In the fall of my junior year I studied abroad with Semester at Sea, a program where you sail around the world on a ship and visit 12 countries along the way. While at sea you take college classes, and when in port you explore. It was a life changing experience. I took an advanced black and white photography class on board and knew this is how I wanted to spend the rest of my life, making pictures. That is where I fell in love with photojournalism.

I started at the Reading Eagle in 1996 and was there for 8 years. I learned a great deal from the wonderful photographers on staff at the Eagle. In 2004 I left the Eagle and became the staff photographer for Semester at Sea on their spring 2004 voyage. From the day I left the ship in 1994 had been wanting to go back. It was again a life changing experience.

In 2006 I was hired on as the staff photographer for The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. It was a great job providing the university with any image they would need. My work was used online and in print by all areas of the university.

I met my wife who at the time was a post doctoral scientist at the Carnegie Institution and when she got a teaching job at Yale University we moved to Connecticut. I became a freelance photographer, shooting mostly events at Yale and doing more and more weddings. I also look after our 3 year old son and 3 month old daughter.

What I miss most about not working in a newsroom is the camaraderie of the photo department staff. I like working together with reporters, editors, and designers to tell a compelling story, I do miss that but have settled into a wonderful life of occasional freelance work and playing with matchbox cars.

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Check out his Instagram here


1. Flag – I made this image in October, 2001. There were American flags everywhere and I had seen this effect somewhere. There was a flag painted on the side of a garage and I was able to drive up close to it and shoot the rain drops with the flag on my car window.


2. Crash – I just love the expressions on the kid and cops here. This was after a motor vehicle accident and this was found in the car.


3. Pope – When working for The Catholic University of America the new Pope, Benedict XVI came to the United States for an official visit. One stop was Washington DC and campus.


4. Water – Women line up for water in a rural town in India.


5. Hands – School girls hold hands while singing in a township school in Cape Town, South Africa.


Five Fab Fotos with Carlos A. Moreno, A Visual Conversation with Imaginative Professionals

Meet Carlos A. Moreno, Photojournalist:


Moreno, who specializes in editorial, documentary, corporate, fashion, product and visual journalism. His photojournalism work has been published and syndicated in The New York Times, The Rockefeller Foundation,, the Associated Press, the Bay Area News Group, and others. He is based out of San Diego, and lives near the U.S.-Mexican border. He travels all over California, parts of the U.S, and Baja California, Mexico for assignments, as well as for commissioned work. He is always open to new clientele. When he is not pursuing his own personal work or new freelance clientele, his day job is being a staff photographer at Designer Studio INC and teaching private digital photography classes over the weekend.

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There are many images in my short career that have had an impact on how I work as a photographer.  None as vivid in real time as the story of the Abdullahs that I shot three years ago. I still recall the time I had met the Abdullah family outside their home, where I eventually would visit frequently, at a Santa Clara motel where traffic passed and bystanders where few and far between. They are covered in dirt and taking a load of metal parts in their hotel room with a shopping cart. No one noticed it around them, the amount of items they had collected. So I decided to see for myself. In the beginning I was seen with suspicion by them and was allowed not much to photograph. So I decided for two months not to shoot a thing and get to know them first. As time gave way to trust in me, as I to them, the realness of their lives began to show. I was given an entry and a way to begin to explore my own dealings in long form photo documentary story telling. It would take three years to get to this point. As I documented their life, I had no idea how much they would impact mine by listening to their story and seeing first hand the tough, happy and quiet moments of their daily comings and goings. Only after, by shielding myself with my camera, did I see how close I had become to their story. How through them, I felt their vulnerabilities and noticed the intimacy of my work increasing. A goal I had wanted to achieve for the longest time as a photographer. It was and has been my objective as a photojournalist to capture intimate moments that said something about people. Moments that perhaps we overlook. Especially now with everyone always keeping their eyes glued to their mobile screens everywhere they go. From the Abdullahs story, Picking up the Pieces, five images flash before me as I remember their story vividly.  All photos © Carlos A. Moreno


1. Denise, who was going through the dumpster picking up metal and computer parts. As I was shooting, all I could see was the Hawaii Warriors hoody she had on. To anyone it seemed like a regular sweater, to me the simple “warriors” name on the back said it all. Denise is a warrior in battle to survive. I truly believe that moment captured it for me. The essence of whom she is as a person and mother.


2. Another was also a picture of Denise with her son Shadeed, playing with him. It was a lighter moment and a gentle side you didn’t see of Denise frequently. Her job toughens’ her, that you rarely see it when she is out pulling out copper wiring and metals of recycled materials.


3. The picture of Denise washing the family dishes at their bathroom sink; because their room is so small, as she fights tears, it was a hard picture to take. It was an unguarded moment from her, a symbolic gift to me as a photographer. It encompassed the hardship Denise faces as a provider and mother. Never having enough time to care for her own needs.


4. The image of Mahir staring somewhat off into space as he is dissembling some wiring somehow spoke to me as I shot the image. It tells of a man lost, possibly looking for answers and dumbfounded at the situation. The irony of once being a computer engineer and now taking computers apart to recycle them. Just barely making ends meet.


5. Finally the image of Denise looking out a window, as soft light hits her face and dark shadows surrounded her, left an impression to me that the darkness was symbolic of the situation. Her calm expression in the light hitting her face, spoke of hope to me. That they would make it somehow, regardless of the odds. That they wouldn’t be homeless, that maybe they’d escape their recurring circumstances. I hope they do. This is why I felt a strong need to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund an exhibition for the work and have the capacity to fundraise to allow a chance for their story to be told. I hope once we have funding for the exhibition, I might be able to sell the exhibition prints and give most of the proceeds to the family and to a charitable organization that focuses on poverty in the Silicon Valley Area.

Kickstarter campaign:


Recently, I have found out that the family In the story were evicted from the motel they were living at and I am unable to locate them at this point (they have no cell phone or digital footprint from what I can tell to contact them, I went to the motel myself and found no one but the manager who told me that she had evicted them), which complicates our funding process and time of exhibition. We need their permission to exhibit the photographs since they are going to be sold at the gallery for sale and for their benefit. So my team, the gallery and I decided it was in everyones best interest to postpone it until we can locate them. I feel very strongly not just about the story but for the well being of this family, so I have decided to ask for help in locating them. I have already spoken to some local charities and homeless organizations that will be posting info about them in local food banks and shelters. My assistants, and I, will be going to their old stomping grounds and figuring out if we can get any clue on their whereabouts. I ask any local investigators and/or reporters in the Silicon Valley / Bay Area who are willing to help me track them, to please contact me at

Due to these unforeseen events, some of the sponsors who wanted to support this project have opted out for now, to hold funds, which therefore have affected out ability to get funding to what we needed from our Kickstarter campaign. Since Kickstarter’s take all or none approach for funding is pretty clear, we will lose what we have collected to fund the exhibition, which therefore will unable us to fund for printing of the images, to sell them in order to get any proceeds to the family. I feel, again, that my priority now is to find the family and see that they are first and foremost safe. Find them, get their permission and once all this is established, get a new fundraiser going. This time our team plans on launching our own fundraising website dedicated to the project, so we can secure funds for exhibition without a middle man. I ask those who have donated, as well as sponsors, that once all of it is settled to please take the funds you have pledged to us on Kickstarter to the our new site. That way the money will get used for exhibit, whether the outcome of funding is reached on the fundraiser’s end time or our own terms.

Five Fab Fotos with David Peterson, A Visual Conversation with Imaginative Professionals

Meet David Peterson, Freelance Photographer and Two-Time Winner of the Pulitzer Prize:
I have been a photojournalist for over 33 years, beginning my career at the Topeka Capital-Journal. For 30 years I was a staff photographer and special projects photographer for the Des Moines Register. I recently left the newspaper business to freelance.While at the Register I won two Pulitzer Prizes, the first in 1987 for Feature Photography for a photo essay on Iowa’s Farm Crisis. The work was done with the help of a Nikon/NPPA sabbatical. I shared in another Pulitzer in 1991 for Community Service for a story about a rape victim. Seven of my photographs were included in the entry. Other accolades while at the Register include two stints as judge for Pictures of the Year, White House News Photographers contest judge, three times Region 5 Photographer of the Year, and numerous other local, regional and national awards.I have worked on several book projects, including Baseball in America, A Day in the Life of Ireland, 24 Hours in Cyberspace, The Power to Heal, One Digital Day, America 24/7 and America at Home. I am currently publishing multi-media projects for Drake University and other local clients in the Des Moines area. I am also working on a sports book about the Drake Relays to coincide with that event’s 100 year anniversary.
Photo by Ansel Adams

Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.  Photo by Ansel Adams

1. Ansel Adams – As a neophyte photographer, I wandered into a small gallery in Kansas City in 1972 and discovered the magic of photography through the eyes and genius of Ansel Adams, who had a series of his most famous images on display.  As I stared at the images in front of me, I wanted to walk inside of the framed photos and discover the secrets that Adams had learned over the years, but knew it wasn’t quite that easy.  To that end, I bought all of his books that unlocked some of the technical aspects of his famous “zone system”, and began to understand how important this discipline was to the creative process.   As a young photographer, this gave me a wonderful base from which to begin my own photographic journey.  Adams remains one of my early in inspirations.

Photo by W. Eugene Smith

2. On the opposite end of the photographic spectrum was W. Eugene Smith, who brought the art of photographic story-telling to another level.  Smith’s message-driven photography, told through the heart of a saint and the eye of an artist, guided me to the wonderful profession of photojournalism.  Smith’s seven photographic essays, which appeared in the pages of LIFE magazine, were the benchmark for newspaper and magazine photographers world-wide.

Photo by Brian Lanker

3. Brian Lanker preceded my days at the Topeka Capital Journal and was a photographer who stood out on a staff of great photographers.  Lanker, along with Smith, changed how I looked at photos.  Much like Smith, Lanker combined a minimalist eye with content-driven visuals, always able to communicate in a deep, meaningful way.   His images were nuanced but powerful, hammering home the themes and messages that he intended.  Lanker continued to be a force in the photojournalism world after leaving newspaper work with his stunning book “I Dream a World”, which featured a series of portraits along with interviews of the most influential black women in America.

2014© Copyright Rich Clarkson — Clarkson Creative Read more about this meeting here.

4. Rich Clarkson – Rich was my first mentor, and taught me much about sports photography – a specialty of his which brought him many Sports Illustrated covers.  I was Rich’s “grip” on a two week trip in 1973 when we covered a series of track meets for Sports Illustrated.  Rich instilled in me the importance of doing things the right way, and was a stickler for detail.  Rich set a high standard for sports photography at the Topeka Capital Journal where he was the Director of Photography and my first boss.

Pears in a windowsill, National Hotel, Moscow From the Sam Abell book ”The Life of a Photograph”/courtesy Sam Abell  Read more about this image here.

5. Sam Abel – Of all the photographers who have graced the pages of National Geographic Magazine, Sam Abel is my favorite.  I had the privilege of judging the White House News Photographers contest with Sam one year, and got to know the man behind all of his wonderful images.  Sam is the rare photographer who can provide intellectual context to his work.  Listening to Sam talk about photos opens up a new door of understanding.   His style is simple, using mostly natural light for his color photography.

Anyone Can Be a Photographer, Right?


A unidentified person uses a smartphone to photograph as District 25 council member Daniel Dromm(D) speaks during the Queens “Save our library” rally held on Tuesday June 4, 2013 at the Jackson Heights Library.  The Queens library may lose up to $30 million in funding next year, forcing up to 36 libraries to close.  Speaking of smartphones, the Chicago Sun Times layoffs its entire photo staff and replaces them with iPhone carrying reporters.  Read how one of Thisissouthwarks photo heros reacted to this news.

Ed. note: This photo was taken using a LG Optimus One cellphone.

When I photographed Rick Santorum

I remember photographing Rick back in Iowa about 6 or 7 months ago during the Ames Straw Poll.  Back when it seemed that he didn’t have a chance in the world in winning the nomination.  Let alone making it as far has he had.  I talked with him briefly, he seemed like a very down to earth guy.  Not the guy I saw talking crap to a reporter the other day.

Today he decides to drop out of the race, read a good piece from the Des Moines Register.

All Photos © Arturo Fernandez