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Pete Souza on the Magic of Photography, His New Bedford Exhibit, and His Old Boss, Barack Obama

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Cross-posted from The Boston Globe [by Lauren Daley] Pete Souza was a fly on the wall during Barack Obama’s eight years as president. As White House photographer, Souza, a South Dartmouth native, captured American history: from the anxious moments of the raid on bin Laden to personal asides between the president and his family. Even today, Souza — a Boston University alum — and Obama still stay in touch. “We text occasionally, usually about sports….

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How Rhinos Changed the Trajectory of Ami Vitale’s Career

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Editor’s Note: To mark the celebration of Earth Day, join us in celebrating Vitale’s work and all member work that celebrates nature and all things environmental. Cross-posted from PhotoShelter Blog [by Caitlyn Edwards] For a long time, Ami Vitale’s dream was to be a war correspondent. After graduating with an International Relations degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, she worked as an Editor at the Associated Press and then moved abroad to pursue journalism, eventually becoming a…

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Ron Sherman Makes Baseball Hall of Fame With Iconic Hank Aaron Photo

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The iconic April 8, 1974 photo was not attributed to any photographer until late last year with the announcement by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum after Sherman contacted them after learning that a large print of his Hank Aaron photo was hanging in the Museum.   Ron Sherman’s Hank Aaron 715 Story [by Ron Sherman] As an assignment photographer working in Cleveland, Rochester, Florida, Milwaukee and Syracuse, I relocated to Atlanta, GA…

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The Beatles & Muhammad Ali: The Story Behind the Iconic Photos of Their 1964 Meeting

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Editor’s Note: Harry Benson is an ASMP Life Member. Cross-posted from Biography.com [by Brad Witter] There’s no denying that The Beatles and Muhammad Ali were all skilled at delivering powerful hits in their own rights. It wasn’t until February 18, 1964, however, that their paths eventually crossed at Miami Beach’s 5th Street Gym. New British rockers George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr — otherwise known as the Fab Four — were stateside…

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Lou Reed Archive Opens at New York Public Library

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Editor’s Note: Mick Rock is an ASMP Professional Member. Cross-posted from The New York Times [by Sara Aridi] After two years of cataloging and preparing, the Lou Reed Archive at the New York Public Library’s performing arts branch at Lincoln Center opens to the public on Friday. And to celebrate, the library is issuing 6,000 limited-edition library cards featuring an image of Reed taken by Mick Rock in 1972. The library acquired the archive —…

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Are We Having Fun With Photography?

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Editor’s Note: This article was written by ASMP Connecticut Chapter Member Douglas Turney. Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Douglas Turney] When was the last time you can remember having fun with your photography? Not the joy of landing a photography job or the excitement of nailing that one photo, but rather childlike fun while shooting. For many, photography is a job that pays the mortgage, puts food on the table, and keeps the lights on. While…

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Annie Leibovitz Revisits Her Early Years

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Editor’s Note: Annie Leibovitz is an ASMP Professional Member. Cross-posted from The New York Times [by Robin Pogrebin] When Annie Leibovitz was starting out as a photographer in San Francisco, she would toss her camera equipment into the back of her ’63 Porsche Cabriolet convertible and tear off to Los Angeles on Highway 5. “You used to be able to go 80, 90, 100 miles per hour — it was a straightaway,” Ms. Leibovitz recalled in…

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MEGAPIXELS: A Fiery End For the Old Tappan Zee Bridge

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Editor’s Note: Stephen Mallon is an ASMP Professional Member. Cross-posted from Popular Science [by Rob Verger] Sometimes, the safest way to retire old infrastructure is not with careful deconstruction, but with precise explosions. Such was the case with an eastern portion of the 64-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge, which the Controlled Demolition company blew up on Tuesday morning. “We heard that first boom, and then just fire and smoke coming up,” one onlooker told ABC News…

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Doug Menuez: The Fearless Genius Project

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Editor’s Note: Doug Menuez is an ASMP Professional Member. Also, Doug was the first guest on the ASMP Experts & Masters Podcast Series. Listen to it here: Episode 1: Doug Menuez. Cross-posted from Digital Photo Pro [by David Schloss] In the mid-1980s, photographer Doug Menuez was looking for something hopeful at which to point his lens. Then in his mid-20s, Menuez was a burgeoning photojournalist covering some of the darkest subjects of the times. He had…

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