How photography connects us - David Griffin

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[, Music, ], [ Applause ], let's just start by looking at some great photographs. This is an icon of National Geographic, an Afghan refugee taken by Steve McCurry, but the Harvard Lampoon is about to come out with a parody of National Geographic, and I shudder to think what they are going to do to this photograph. Oh, the wrath of Photoshop. This is a jet landing at San Francisco by Bruce Dale. Oh, he mounted the camera on the tail poetic image for a story on Tolstoy by Sam, Abel pygmies in the DRC by Randy Olson. I love this photograph because it reminds me of Degas's bronze sculptures. The little dancer a polar bear swimming in the Arctic by Paul Nicklin polar bears need ice to be able to move back and forth they're, not very good swimmers and we know what's happening into the ice. These are camels moving across the Rift Valley in Africa, photographed by Chris John's shot straight down, so these are the shadows of the camels. This is a rancher in Texas by William Albert Allard, a great portraitist, and Jane Goodall, making her own special connection photographed by Nick Nichols. This is a soap disco in Spain, photographed by David, Alan Harvey and David said that there was a lot of weird stuff happening on the dance floor, but hey it's at least it's hygienic. These are sea lions in Australia, doing their own dance by David Doubilet, and this is a comet captured by dr

You and Mason, and finally, the bow of the Titanic without movie stars, photographed by Emory Kristof photography, carries a power that holds up under the relentless swirl of today's saturated media world because photographs emulate the way that our mind freezes a significant moment. Here'S an example: four years ago I was at the beach with my son and he was learning how to swim in this relatively soft surf of the Delaware Beaches. But I turned away for a moment and he got caught into a Riptide and started to be pulled out towards a jetty. I went. I can stand here right now and see as I go tearing into the water after him. The moment slowing down and freezing into this arrangement I can see the rocks are over here. There'S a wave about to crash onto him. I can see his hands reaching out and I can see his face in terror. Looking at me saying help me, dad. I got him the wave break Oh broke over us. We got back onshore, he was fine. We were a little bit rattled, but this flashbulb memory, as it's called, is when all the elements came together to define not just the event but my emotional connection to it, and this is what a photograph taps into when it makes its own powerful connection to a Viewer now I have to tell you I was talking to Kyle last week about this - that I was going to tell this story. He said, oh yeah, I remember that too. I remember my image of you was that you were up on the shore yelling at me. I thought I was a hero, so this represents. This is across a sample of some remarkable images taken by some of the world's greatest photojournalists working at the very top of their craft, except one. This photograph was taken by dr

Ewen Mason in New Zealand last year and it was submitted and published in National Geographic. Last year we added a section to our website, called your shot where anyone can submit photographs for possible publication and it has become a wild success. Tapping into the enthusiast photography community. The quality of these amateur photographs can at times be amazing and seeing this reinforces for me that every one of us has at least one or two great photographs in them, but to be a great photojournalist, you have to have more than just one or two great Photographs in you, you've got to be able to make them all the time, but even more importantly, you need to know how to create a visual narrative. You need to know how to tell a story, so I'm going to share with you some coverages that I feel demonstrate the storytelling power of photography, photographer Nick Nichols went to document a very small and relatively unknown Wildlife Sanctuary in Chad called zoo coma. The original intent was to travel there and bring back a classic story of diverse species of an exotic locale, and that is what Nick did up to a point. This is a serval cat he's actually taking his own picture, shot with. What'S called a camera trap, there's an infrared beam, that's cutting across and he stepped into the beam and taken his photograph. These are baboons at a watering hole Nick or the camera again. An automatic camera took thousands of pictures of this and Nick ended up with a lot of pictures of the rear ends of a lion having a late-night, snack notice he's got a broken tooth and a crocodile walks up a riverbank towards its den. I love this little bit of water that comes off the back of his tail, but the centerpiece species of zoo coma are the elephants it's one of the largest intact herds in this part of Africa. Here'S a photograph shot in moonlight, something that digital photography has made a big difference for that was with the elephants. This story pivoted Nick along with researcher dr

Michael Fay collared the matriarch of the herd they named her Annie and they began tracking her movements. The herd was safe within the confines of the park because of this dedicated group of Park Rangers, but once the annual rains began, the herd would begin migrating to feeding grounds outside the park and that's when they ran into trouble for outside the safety of the park Were poachers who would hunt them down only for the value of their ivory tusks, the matriarch that they were radio-tracking after weeks of moving back and forth in and out of the park came to a halt outside the park? Annie had been killed along with 20 members of her herd, and they only came for the ivory, and this is actually one of the Rangers. They were able to chase off one of the poachers and recover this ivory because they couldn't leave it there that it was still valuable, but what Nick did was he brought back with? It was a story that went beyond the old-school method of just straight. Isn'T this an amazing world and instead created a story that touched our audiences deeply? Instead of just knowledge of this park, he created an understanding and empathy for the elephants, the Rangers, and the many issues surrounding the human-wildlife conflict. Now, let's go over to India. Sometimes you can tell a broad story in a focused way. We were looking at the same issue that Richard Wurman touches upon in his new world population project. For the first time in history, more people live in urban rather than rural environs, and most of that growth is not in the cities, but in the slums that surround them. Jonas Bendixson, a very energetic photographer, came to me and said: we need to document this and here's my here's, my proposal. Let'S go all over the world and photograph every single slum around the world, and I said well, you know that might be a bit ambitious for our budget, so instead what we did was we decided to instead of going out and doing what would result in what We consider sort of a survey story where you just go in and see just a little bit of everything we put Jonas into Dharavi, which is part of Mumbai, India and let him stay there and really get into the heart and soul of this. Really. You know a major part of the city. What Jonas did was not just go and do a surface look at the awful conditions that exist in such places. He saw that this was a living and breathing and vital part of how the entire urban area functioned by staying tightly focused in one place, Jonah's tapped into the soul and the enduring human spirit that underlies this community, and he did it in a beautiful way. Sometimes, though, the only way to tell a story is with the sweeping picture we teamed up underwater photographer Brian scary and photojournalist Randy Olson to document the depletion of the world's fisheries. We weren't the only ones to tackle this subject, but the photographs that Bryan and Randy created are among the best capture, both the human and natural devastation of overfishing. Here, in a photo by Brian, a seemingly crucified shark is caught up in a gill net off of Baja I've seen sort of okay pictures of bycatch the animals accidentally scooped up while fishing for a specific species. But here Brian captured a unique view by positioning himself underneath the boat when they threw the waste overboard and Brian then went on to even greater risk to get this. Never before made a photograph of a trawl net scraping the ocean bottom back on land, Randy Olson photographed a makeshift fish market in Africa, where the remains of filleted fish were sold to the locals. The main parts having already been sent to Europe and here in China Randy shot a jellyfish market as prime food sources are depleted. The harvest goes deeper into the oceans and brings in more such sources of protein. This is called fishing down the food chain, but there are also glimmers of hope and I think anytime, we're doing a big big story on this. We'Re not only going we're not we don't really want to go and just look at all the problems. We also want to look for solutions and Brian photographed, a Marine Sanctuary in New Zealand, where commercial fishing had been banned, the result being that the overfished species have been restored and with them a possible solution for sustainable fisheries. Photography can also compel us to confront issues that are potentially distressing and controversial. James Nachtwey, who was honored last year at last year's Ted, took a look at the sweep of the medical system that is utilized to handle the American wounded coming out of Iraq. It is like a tube where a wounded soldier enters on one end and exits back home on the other Jim started on the battlefield. Here, a medical technician tends to a wounded soldier on the helicopter. Ride back to the field hospital here is in the field hospital. The soldier on the right has the name of his daughter tattooed across his chest. As a reminder of home from here. The more severely wounded are transported back to Germany, where they meet up with their families for the first time and then back to the states to recuperate at Veterans. Hospitals such as here in Walter Reed and finally often fitted with a high-tech prosthesis. They exit the medical system and attempt to regain their pre-war lives. Jim took what could have been a straight-up medical science story and gave it a human dimension that touched our readers deeply now. These stories are great examples of how photography can be used to address some of our most important topics, but there are also times when photographers simply encounter things that are when it comes down to it. Just plain fun, photographer Paul Nicklin traveled to Antarctica to shoot a story on leopard seals. They have been rarely photographed, partly because they are considered one of the most dangerous predators in the ocean. In fact, a year earlier, a researcher had been grabbed by one and pulled down to depth and killed. So you could imagine Paul was maybe a little bit hesitant about getting into the water now what leopard seals do mostly? Do they eat? Penguins? You know of the march of the Penguins. This is sort of the munch of the Penguins. Here a penguin goes up to the edge and looks out to see if the coast is clear and then everybody kind of runs out and goes out, but then Paul got in the water and he said he was never really afraid of this. Well, this one female came up to him. She'S, probably it's a shame. You can't see it in the photograph, but she's 12 feet long. So she is pretty significant in size and Paul said he was never really afraid because she was more curious about him than threatened. This mouthing behavior on the right was really her way of saying to him: hey, look. How to look how big I am, or you know my, what big teeth you have than Paul thinks that she simply took pity on him to her here. Was this big goofy creature in the water that, for some reason, didn't seem to be interested in chasing penguins? So what she did was she started to bring penguins to him alive and put them in front of him. She dropped them off and then they would swim away. She kind of looks at him, go. What are you doing, go back and get them and then bring them back and drop them in front of him? She did this over the course of a couple of days until the point where she got so frustrated with him that she started putting them directly on top of his head. It'S just resulted in a fantastic photograph. Eventually, though, Paul thinks that she just figured that he was never going to survive. This is her kind of just puffing out. You know snorting out and sort of disgust and lost interest with him and went back to what she does best Paul set out to photograph. A relatively mysterious and unknown creature and came back with not just a collection of photographs, but an amazing experience and a great story. It is these kinds of stories, ones that go beyond the immediate or just the superficial that demonstrate the power of photojournalism. I believe that photography can make a real connection to people and can be employed as a positive agent for understanding the challenges and opportunities facing our world today. Thank you.