NPPA's Words On Pictures: Kim Komenich

Aug 11, 2014
Kim Komenich
Kim Komenich

DURHAM, NC (August 11, 2014) – In this episode of Words On Pictures, the National Press Photographers Association's new audio podcast, photojournalist Kim Komenich shares his thoughts on his early photographic influences that helped shape his vision as a young shooter growing up in Manteca, CA.

Komenich was a staff photographer for the San Francisco Examiner from 1982 to 2000 and the San Francisco Chronicle from 2000 to 2009.

While working for the Examiner and the Chronicle, Komenich shot the full range of daily assignments as well as special assignments to cover the long term effects of conflict in the Philippines, El Salvador, Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, and Iraq. 

In 1987, Komenich won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his coverage of the Philippines "People Power" Revolution. Between 2009 and 2012, he made numerous trips back to the Philippines to find and photograph the subjects in his Pulitzer Prize winning entry.  The resulting exhibit, Revolution Revisited, is currently touring the Philippines and has been seen by more than three million people. You can hear Komenich's commentary on those images at the link below. A book and documentary film are slated for release in 2015. 

Currently Komenich is assistant professor of Journalism New Media at San Jose State University, in San Jose, CA. 

NPPA's Words On Pictures is a regular series of audio and visual interviews with photojournalists around the world.

In previous episodes of Words On Pictures, legendary National Geographic photographer William Albert Allard talks about his five decades of magazine photography and what keeps him coming back to Italy, and Italian photojournalist Riccardo Venturi talks about why he kept going back to Haiti and the importance of staying on long-term projects after the "daily" media rush has moved on to the next disaster.

NPPA's Words On Pictures is a regular series of audio and visual interviews with photojournalists around the world. The current podcast with Kim Komenich begins here.