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Pulitzer Winner And WaPo Photojournalist, Michel du Cille, Dies At 58

Michele du Cille

Three time Pulitzer winner and Washington Post photojournalist, Michel du Cille, tragically died yesterday while on assignment in Liberia from an apparent heart attack.

The photographer, who won two Pulitzers with the Miami Herald in the 1980s and one with the Post in 1988, had recently been documenting the ravages of Ebola in Liberia.

The 26- year veteran of the newspaper never shied away from covering the more dangerous, war-torn regions of the world. From Sudan and Afghanistan to the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s, and finally returning to west Africa to cover the Ebola outbreak, Mr. du Cille selflessly put himself in harms way to shed light on the struggles of his fellow human. He was a true journalist and will be missed.

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The Washington Post Launches ‘In Sight’ Photo Vertical

The Washington Post today launched a new vertical – In Sight – a photographic look from pop culture to science and global conflict to fashion.

The tumbling site thus far has been populated by WaPo’s Nicole Crowder, profiling the work of Somerset House’s Dean Chalkey as well as from Reuters and The Washington Post photo archive.

“It’s a platform that’s going to help us showcase more visual journalism, we have already such a rich digital content,” said Crowder, a WaPo photo editor. ”We wanted a platform where we could show images in a really immersive experience for the readers. And having something that’s large format is definitely going to allow us the opportunity to do that.”


And check it out here.

Marriott International Launches #LoveTravels with Sen. Baldwin, Parents of Matthew Shepard


Braden Summers, Geena Rocero, Jason Collins, Marriott’s Kristine Friend, Judy and Dennis Shepard

Wednesday night at the Mayflower, Marriott International launched it’s new multicultural campaign – #LoveTravels – conveying its commitment to traveler comfortability. In celebration of Capital Pride, Marriott introduced the new initiative through the lens of photographer Braden Summers with Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Collins and transgender fashion model and social advocate Geena Rocero, among other LGBT influencers.

Notable guests included Judy and Dennis Shepard (parents of Matthew Shepard) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). At the event, Collins presented Judy and Dennis Shepard with a signed number 98 jersey in honor of their son. Read more

Military Times Offers a Look Back on Arlington at 150

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 11.50.16As we head into Memorial Day Weekend, Military Times published “Arlington at 150 - Celebrating America’s Heroes,” written by staff photographer Mike Morones, accompanied by full screen images and video of ceremonies and spaces throughout Arlington National Cemetery. The piece is produced by Angy Peterson, Issa Chan, Amy Ng, Peter Shatzer, John Bretschneider, and Jennifer Milbrett.

The feature opens to an interview with former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and goes on to offer historical context of the cemetery and the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, responsible for standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

It’s definitely worth a look. You can do so here.

Veteran Photog Douglas Graham Quits Roll Call

Roll Call’s longtime  photo editor Douglas Graham has had enough of This Town. So after 30 years in the business -17 at CQ Roll Call – he’s heading for the exits. And he doesn’t mince words about why.

“I’m just tired of it.” Graham told FishbowlDC. “It’s like Groundhog Day.  Covering Congress is such a laser-focus part of journalism, instead of working for a regular daily where you get to cover lots of different things. And I’m just sick of Congress’ inability to do anything interesting anymore.”

The commute probably had something to do with it too. Graham lives in the Blue Ridge mountains of West Virginia, between Leesburg and Winchester. Downtown DC is a two-hour MARC train away. And as he puts it, “I like where I work, but I really like where I live.”

He had nothing but kind words for his colleagues at Roll Call though.

Tom Williams and Bill Clark are absolute masters,” he says, referring to his staff photographers. “And being their boss, I got to take credit for all their work. You couldn’t ask for a better team. And (former RC photog) Chris Maddaloni, I can’t forget him. I loved my job, loved working in DC, loved working at CQ Roll Call.”

Doug’s last day of work is January 31st. Then he’ll be freelancing in DC through February before returning to West Virginia to work on a new venture with his wife.

His final thoughts on leaving DC?

“I’m sad to leave, but not that sad.”

White House Press Corps Snaps Over Photo Ban

The White House Correspondents Association has had enough. And so have just about every other media outlet in America. WHCA and more than 40 other news orgs sent a letter today to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to protest the banning of photographers from some White House events. The Obama White House has said in the past that photographers would not be allowed to take pictures of “private” events, but has often released photos of those same events taken by White House photographer Pete Souza. In the letter, the media groups accused the White House of trying to replace “photojournalism with visual press releases.”

From the letter:

As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government. To be clear, we are talking about Presidential activities of a fundamentally public nature. To be equally clear, we are not talking about open access to the residence or to areas restricted, for example, for national security purposes.

They go on to list seven examples in 2013 where press photographers were denied access to events and instead were issued “official” photographs. The events include a meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a meeting with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, and an event where the whole Obama family met Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai, a person they describe as being “of great public interest.”

Full letter after the jump.

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