The Associated Press has named Santiago Lyon as its new Director of Photography to replace Vin Alabiso, an AP vice president who was appointed director of global business development/photos last August. Two senior photo managers in New York, J. David Ake and Michael Feldman, were also appointed as deputy directors of photography. The announcement came from AP senior vice president and executive editor Kathleen Carroll, who will be Lyon's new boss.
Lyon is a well-known and respected photojournalist with two decades of experience covering news and sports around the world. He worked for Reuters and UPI covering stories in Mexico, Central and South America, the 1991 Gulf War, Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Israel, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda, Yemen, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. In 1995, while on assignment in Sarajevo, he was wounded by mortar shrapnel.
Santiago joined AP in 1991 in Cairo, Egypt. He was the AP's photography editor for Spain and Portugal from 1995 until this year, when he accepted a Nieman Fellowship for one year at Harvard University. The Nieman post continues until June. Carroll said that Ake and Feldman begin their new posts immediately and will be joined by Lyon this summer.
Feldman has worked for AP for almost half of his thirty-year career, including running AP's London-based international photography operations. Ake has twenty years experience in photojournalism and most recently has run AP's national photo coverage.