These days, anyone with a digital camera or even a cell phone can call themselves a photographer. Cameras are so good that capturing a nice image isn’t all that hard.
But elevating those images from nice to works of art or true photojournalism — that’s a whole other matter. Here at The Star, we are so very fortunate to have a cadre of professional photographers who have decades of experience behind the lens shooting news: portraits, sports, breaking news and features. The images these skilled and talented journalists create for 913 have often stopped me in my tracks as I browse through their work.
The past few weeks’ editions are great examples. Rich Sugg, David Eulitt, Allison Long and Shane Keyser produced funny, interesting and varied photos for a cover story that had to have been difficult to shoot: the game of bridge. Not a lot of visual variety there, but the photos were surprising and arresting. Next, John Sleezer’s gorgeous images of Johnson County’s new Latin Mass church captured the beauty and culture of the service and its devotees.
This week, Shane shines again with photos of the Broadmoor Bistro, supplementing writer and photographer Beth Lipoff’s wonderful storytelling. With a keen eye and a skilled hand, he captured the student chefs’ performance in the kitchen and dining room.
Our photographers don’t just save their best work for cover spreads, either. Check out Jill Toyoshiba’s cover-worthy photo on Page 6 of a teenage boy peering at a cat. She took that during a routine assignment, showing exactly what a talented and professional photographer does with “routine.”
Chris Ochsner, Tammy Ljungblad, Fred Blocher, David Pulliam, Keith Myers, Jim Barcus — all fantastically talented photographers who also have worked so hard for 913.
We are lucky to have them.