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The Press Pack

By fossilized
The last of my press photographer photos (I moved onto the police next!)

This group were descending the steps to find a vantage point to photograph the procession which was about to ascend these steps up to the cathedral in Amalfi, Italy.

Tags: Photo journalism Photographer General Press Portraits and people

Voters: Leightonhs, proz, imander and 15 more


Leightonhs 13 155 1
24 Jun 2008 2:39PM
Although not intended, I find this particular shot rather humerous, I bet that competetive element is certainly running through these guys minds!

fossilized 16 79 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 2:48PM
Absolutely... and humour was definitely intended with this shot. They were a right lot of posers... lol.
Thanks Leighton.
challicew 12 1 1 South Africa
24 Jun 2008 5:47PM
I love this photograph, but I am wondering why the press photographers always look so grubby!
MissPea 13 8 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 6:03PM
Great image - and yes - they are a little unkempt! But this adds to the image i feel.
RubberBullets 19 1 6 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 6:57PM
Another great shot Jean, I'd love to have the nerve to try a bit more street photography.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2267 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 7:27PM
Love this!
GrahamBaines 13 39 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 8:17PM
Ooer, these guys look serious!!!!

Cracking shot.

BrianSS 13 410 40 England
3 Jul 2008 12:00PM
Nice character studies & well spotted, I wouldn't want to get in front of any of these guys!

What I do find quite unusual (& pleasing!) is the fact that two out of three of them are using Nikons . . . . most professional photographers these days seem to use Canon.
I worked for 30 odd years as a press photographer, you were a poser if you wore a suit and tie, if you carried more than one camera, if you had a long lens etc. They wear casual gear nowadays because they can go from job to job without going back to the office. You wear a suit and you'll end up in a muddy field, wear casual and you get sent to a funeral. It's not an easy life as a photographer, when you have to come up with the goods job after job after job. That's why they have the best gear and all the lenses.
The interminable fight between Nikon & Canon has gone on all my working life, I've used NIkon & Canon, plus Pentax, Rollie,Hasselblad, it's not for flash appearance or posing, it's to get the job done every day week after week year after year and woe betide the photographer who comes back without the image which is in the opposition paper the next morning.
Think about doing it day after day for your life in the rain, snow and all the rest of the less "glamorous" stuff, maybe you won't sneer so easily at the guy's working with the cameras that get better for you, because press photographers have tested them for the Camera Companies.
Think about it before you attack them, would you do the job? Could you do the job?

fossilized 16 79 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2008 1:43PM
Blimey Dougie. I feel well put in my place... lol. And no I couldn't do the job and I'm sure you are absolutely right about the pressures of the job (and I didn't criticise their cameras anyway)! Chill Winston!

However, at the risk of opening up another can of worms, my 'poser' comment I think had more to do with them being a pack of males on the hunt (with probably a dash Italian machismo) than being photographers. And if you want to take me up on that comment... fire away... lol.

It wasn't really at you, but some of the casual comments of others, the guys quite often go around together, to make sure nobody sneaks a wee special to themselves, it's quite cut throat at times and friendly others.
Don't mind me I rant at times but I'm harmless, sorry if I was brusque.

fossilized 16 79 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2008 5:31PM
Lol. No problem... I take your point actually... I just couldn't let you get away with it completely could I?
My point entirely Jean, enjoy photography it's a great hobby and I was lucky it was my job for 47 years till I retired just last year.

All the very best

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