Posts Tagged 'tornado'

Photography Link Roundup

Jack Kerouac, 1953  Photo: Allen Ginsberg LLC

•  An exhibition made up of photos taken by poet Allen Ginsberg, a sort of “Beat family album,” is now at the National Gallery in Washington. [Smithsonian]

•  Terror alert: Washington University was shut down for four hours after security found a suspicious DIY pinhole camera. [Gizmodo]

•  Striking before and after satellite photos show the Joplin tornado’s destructive path. [Daily Mail]

•  360-degree photos with an iPhone app? It’s coming. [USA Today]

•  Canon and director Ron Howard are collaborating on “Long Live Imagination,” a photography contest built around movie theme categories. [mediabistro]

“Nazi Cops” Harassed Tornado Journalists

In a recent memo to staff, Chattanooga Times Free Press Executive Editor J. Todd Foster says law enforcement were less than welcoming to journalists covering the recent tornado. Foster wrote that Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond and County Emergency Services Director Don Allen all have been sent a letter by the paper’s attorney informing them of First Amendment violations.

As the reports:

The April 29 Foster memo says, “I can’t say enough about the extraordinary journalism this newsroom has practiced the past two days. Contributions came from all over the room and every section. Some of our journalists had to dodge downed power lines, frog-strangling rains and Nazi cops to gather the news. I’ve heard praise from local readers and from journalists across the country.

“Attached are letters written by our attorney, Bud Jackson, to police officials who threatened two of our journalists with arrest. Keep up the great work and know this organization has your back.”

Both sides play an important role in a disaster. Of course the first responders need to do their jobs, but media can bring the story to a wide audience — and that in turn brings attention, supplies, donations, help, support. Would they prefer it’s ignored and no one knows the extent of the damage? I don’t get bullying the media in a situation like this where it so obviously can make a difference.


Getting the Iconic Tornado Shot

Photo by Dusty Compton/Tuscaloosa News has the story behind the Tuscaloosa News‘ photograper Dusty Compton’s photo, which made the covers of newspapers across the country, and his experience covering the aftermath.

The most challenging aspect of covering the tornado, Compton said, has been figuring out when to intervene.

“We were there before the firefighters and police officers were there yesterday, and we were walking through rubble, not knowing whether everyone was out of it yet,” said Compton. “I wondered, ‘Should I be shooting photos or should I be lifting boards and bricks to see what was underneath it?’ ”

At one point, while Compton was taking photos of a house that had been destroyed, he saw two people calling out a woman’s name. They said they weren’t able to find their friend, who had been in the house that Compton was photographing.

“I put my camera over my shoulder and started calling for this lady’s name,” Compton said. “We didn’t find her there.”


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