1. newrootsrefugees:

    Nyirazana’s back and spinal pain is slowly improving with the help of her prescription medications, according to Muhire. She still does not leave her home very often and is the only member of the family that is not taking an English class. April 21, 2014.


  2. NYC to Rochester via MegaBus. April 19, 2014.


  3. RIT Photojournalism Trip to NYC

    A whirlwind week in New York City has left me with a better understanding of the current status of the photojournalism industry.

    I learned that as a young photographer, I should be open-minded and take every opportunity I can get. I should not be afraid to experiment, and I should learn from every experience. Photojournalism is rooted in storytelling, and there are countless new avenues for storytelling. Quality and consistency are invaluable. Integrity is the most important part of journalism. It’s a small industry, full of people willing to help. In order to make it, you must have dedication and passion.

    I’m excited to take all of this to heart and ready to make new work. In the fall, my class will head to Washington, DC to continue learning from the best in the industry. 

    All of my NYC trip blog posts can be found here


  4. Waiting for the MegaBus back to Rochester. April 19, 2014.


  5. Sports Illustrated

    Sports Illustrated was the last stop on the RIT Photojournalism Trip, where we met Director of Photography Brad Smith. He gave us great insight into how the magazine uses photographs and hires photographers. He also showed us the working layout of the next issue.

    Smith recently traveled to Boston to orchestrate a major photo shoot for the “Boston Strong” cover of the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.  He talked about all of the work that went into the photograph of 3,000 people, the largest photo shoot Sports Illustrated has ever done. 


  6. Around One World Trade Center & 9/11 Firemen Memorial. April 19, 2014.


  7. TIME

    One of my favorite meetings during the RIT Photojournalism Trip to NYC was at TIME Magazine.

    Jonathan Woods, senior editor for photo and interactive, told us first hand how he created “The Top of America” photo that was on the cover of TIME and an online 360 degree panorama.  Hearing all of the work he put into the project, it was obvious that his advice “be thorough, be hungry, be tedious” was the key to his own success. Woods was the first to really challenge my class. After telling us the importance of really knowing our story and thinking about the headline in advance, he asked each of us to explain our senior capstone projects in just one sentence. He seemed a bit taken back after hearing the wide breadth of projects we are working on, and he told us to not be afraid to pitch our stories just because we are students.

    Kira Pollack, director of photography and visual enterprise, gave us more insight on how the magazine is run. We learned how they decide what photographer to use based on each assignment.

    “Photography drives this magazine,” Pollack said. “It’s always been part of our DNA.”

     In 2013, Pollock established Red Border Films, TIME’s documentary film unit. We watched Rise, a short documentary about the ironworkers building One World Trade Center. It is a well-done film that had most of my class on the verge of tears. The experience was only further enhanced by the fact that we were watching it in the TIME conference room in Manhattan. The next day, two of my classmates and I went to visit One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial. 


  8. Getty Images

    At Getty Images, we met Pierce Wright, Pancho Bernadconi, and Sandy Ciric. With three different perspectives, we were able to have an open conversation about what they look for in a photographer. Overall, they are looking for a curious person that makes a good first impression, plays well with others and is logically located. They said that consistency in quality is very important, reminding us to do our best day in and day out. We also talked about key qualities in a photo editor: good listener, ability to verbalize visual thoughts, calm under fire, open minded and most importantly, knows a good photo when they see it. We had an interesting conversation about the future of video in photojournalism. The editors at Getty said that no body knows what to do with video just yet, but it will be up to my generation of photojournalists to decide that.

    We also talked about how “we all stand on someone else’s shoulders” as we learn and grow in the photojournalism community. This was especially evident at the RIT Photojournalism Alumni Reception held after our meeting at Getty, where we had the opportunity to meet and network with current photographers and photo editors. 


  9. Brooklyn, NY. April 16, 2014. 


  10. Mashable

    Described as “the news site for the connected generation”, Mashable is a growing website that uses photos with all of it’s articles. Recent RIT graduate Christina Ascani is the assistant photo editor, making the decisions for their use of photos and hiring freelancers. A photojournalist by training, she still gets the opportunity to photograph products and cover events. She said what sets Mashable apart from other up-and-coming social media driven news sites is their journalistic integrity and she see the site growing in the future to include even more general news articles.

    Just last year, I was taking a class with Ascani, so seeing her attain such a position so soon out of college was comforting. She passed along her advice on finding a job: be open-minded and try to get as much experience as possible in anything related to photography. 


  11. Manhattan, NY. April 19, 2014.


  12. Open Society Foundations

    The fourth day of the RIT Photojournalism Trip to NYC started at the Open Society Foundations with the Moving Walls exhibit. Annick Shen, senior communication coordinator, told us about the operations of the organization and explained to us her career path as a photo editor. She explained the work that Open Society Foundation does by saying that it “helps bridge the gap between their world and our world.” She reminded us that photographers are also journalists and ambassadors when on assignment. Yukiko Yamagato, assistant director, gave us tips on grant proposal writing and resources to find grant opportunities. One of the things that she discussed was to be sure that the foundation you are working with is a good match for the work you are trying to do.  The Open Society Foundation is about “using photographs as a catalyst for social change.” I had the opportunity meet Yamagato at the Alexia Foundation Grant Selection in Syracuse, NY earlier this year, and it was great to learn more about her role in the Open Society Foundations. 


  13. Stephen Mayes, Frank Fournier & Alan Chin

    “The easy part is taking the photo. The hard part is making it mean something.” –Alan Chin

    While at Reuters, we had the opportunity to have Stephen Mayes, Frank Fournier and Alan Chin come in to speak to us.

    Mayes, the executive director of the Tim Hetherington Trust, showed some of Hetherington’s work and used it to illustrate what is possible when imagination meets storytelling. He encouraged us to experiment and to give ourselves “permission to fail”.

    Fournier, a French photographer that has covered conflict and humanitarian issues, talked about his career and experiences covering the Rwandan genocide. When traveling, he told us to take the local roads and to learn the story from the people. He said that you have to make the story personal so that people can relate.

    Chin shared with us a personal project that he has been working on for years. He talked about what it meant to him and gave advice on working on long term projects. He said that when working on personal projects, we should still look for assignment opportunities. He also reminded us that editors hire us for the type of work we do, so we should not try to change our style to conform. 


  14. Subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan. New York, New York. April 16, 2014. 


  15. Thomson Reuters

    We headed to Times Square to visit Thomson Reuters. We met photographers Adrees Latif, Darren Ornitz, Lucas Jackson, and Mitch Koppelman, an RIT alumnus that is Reuter’s Vice President of Broadcast Services for the Americas. We learn about how each of them got to their current position and what it takes when you’re just starting off as a photographer. 

    Darren Ornitz, a young freelancer, told us that we need to be “willing to be vulnerable” when putting our work out there and asking others to look at it. He also reminded us to always see ourselves as students willing to learn.

    Lucas Jackson, a staff photographer, shared with us many resources and sources of inspiration for photographers, including The Image Deconstructed, Lens Blog, and A Photo Editor.

    Adrees Latif showed us two of his whole takes, explaining his thinking and methodology that led to photos that appeared in The New York Times and elsewhere. He encouraged us to learn from every experience we have.

     “Ethics and integrity are by far the most important tools in your tool kit.” –Mitch Koppelman