My Favorite Annual Event Photography Assignment
In April I photographed Long Island University’s George Polk Awards Panel Discussion (LIU’s Brooklyn Campus) and Awards Banquet Luncheon at The Roosevelt Hotel here in New York City. This was my eight year photographing this very special event.
The George Polk Awards are conferred annually to honor special achievement in Journalism. This year’s winners included Mother Jones’ Washington bureau chief David Corn, who published the infamous video of the “47 percent” remarks Mitt Romney made during last year’s campaign, and David Barboza of the New York Times, whose 3-part series “The Pricelings” delved into the far-reaching financial interests of Chinese officials and their extended families. He exposed $2.7 billion of secret wealth accumulated by members of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s family.
Of all the special events I photograph repeatedly, this is my favorite. News really comes alive when you hear it directly from the journalists who have broken major stories. And this year I got to meet one of my cultural heroes, Carl Bernstein.
This event’s photography is used mainly for press releases, so I try to include LIU’s branding whenever possible.