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Colin Crawford Named Assistant Managing Editor Of Photography For The Los Angeles Times

Colin Crawford has been appointed assistant managing editor of photography at The Los Angeles Times and the title is a newly created "masthead" position for the newspaper. Crawford has been the acting director of photography at The Times since 2001 and an NPPA member since December, 1983.

(photo of Colin Crawford)

The announcement was made this week by editor John Carroll and managing editor Dean Baquet. In his new role as assistant managing editor, Crawford will report to Baquet.

"This appointment is a testament to Colin's leadership over the past two years," Carroll and Baquet said in a joint statement. "As acting photo director, he has invigorated the department, now widely regarded as among the most ambitious in the country. Under his guidance, the photography staff produced a remarkable three Pulitzer Prize finalists -- and one winner -- last year. The photo staff has clearly earned representation on the paper's masthead." (In addition, Times staff photographer Rick Loomis was the 2003 NPPA Best Of Photojournalism Newspaper Photographer of the Year).

Crawford joined The Times in 1983 as a freelance photographer. He became a photo assignment editor at the Orange County Edition in 1986 and director of photography in Orange County in 1989. He was named associate director of photography for Los Angeles and director of photography for the regional editions in 1998. He became acting director of photography in Los Angeles in 2001. Crawford holds a BA in political science from UCLA.

Also in their announcement the newspaper's top editors said, "This appointment is an acknowledgement of the powerful role photography has come to play at The Times. From Iraq to the Middle East, the paper's photographers have done striking and courageous work on big projects and daily coverage. They have been crucial to the rebuilding of the California section, and to all the features sections."


Photojournalism Pioneer Charlie McCarty Dies at 88

Funeral services will be held Friday near Brussels, Belgium, for Charles J. McCarty, 88, an innovative mentor and a leader in photojournalism who shaped a generation of famous photojournalists and greatly advanced the profession. He was also the founder of Reuters News Pictures Service in 1985. McCarty promoted the use of 35mm equipment over the cumbersome 4x5 Speed Graphic cameras in newspaper and wire service photography, and he hired and trained talented young photojournalists, many of whom went on to be highly successful at major publications. McCarty was found dead from heart failure at his Brussels home on Monday, according to Reuters.

(undated file photo of American photo reporter Charlie McCarty as a young man - Reuters)

McCarty was honored by the National Press Photographers Association with the John Durniak Mentor Award in June 2002, in recognition of his significant impact on photojournalism as a profession and on those who practice the craft. He is remembered by many who worked for him as a man often of few words, yet when he spoke it had impact. McCarty is also remember as being an editor who knew a great deal about story-telling news photographs and to what lengths a photographer sometimes had to go to in order to capture them.

In a profile of McCarty written by Dirck Halstead, former TIME Senior White House photographer, he says that McCarty enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and was stationed at the Western Defense Command at the Presidio where he established the Army picture network between San Francisco and Washington. During World War II the Signal Corps used Acme picture transmitting equipment, which was the forerunner of United Press. Afterwards, McCarty went to work for Acme in San Francisco as a staff photographer until 1951, when he was named Southwest Division Newspictures Editor for United Press in Dallas, TX.

In 1953 he contracted with The Dallas Times Herald for United Press to run the newspaper's photography department. "This was a revolutionary idea," said Halstead. "It gave Charlie a chance to start hiring young photographers. With the need to staff a newspaper, but also having the clout of a wire service behind him, Charlie was able to start experimenting with faster processing and smaller cameras. When he started running the Times Herald photo department, the ubiquitous 4x5 Speed Graphic was the standard camera. Charlie pushed to equip the photographers with 35mm cameras."

"McCarty was so tough as a director of photography in Dallas," Halstead said, "that after three years of working for him at the Times Herald I got drafted into the service. After the first couple of days at boot camp with a drill sergeant yelling at us so much that these truck drivers turned soldiers were starting to cry, I just thought back on working for McCarty, and I smiled."

In the Reuters obituary for McCarty, they reported that his personal motto was "cruel but fair" and that his "tenacious pursuit of a story and competitive rule of 'hard work never hurt anyone' stayed with him into retirement." McCarty didn't retire until 1998, well past his 80th birthday.

McCarty was an early innovator of switching news photographers from using bulky, slow, and cumbersome sheet-film view cameras to 35mm bodies. One of the first tests of the smaller camera with a telephoto lens came during coverage of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Denver, CO, after the president had a heart attack in 1953. "UPI surprised the opposition by arming photographer Stan Tretick with a 35mm camera and Stan went on the roof of a Denver hospital to photograph Eisenhower during the first photo session after his attack," Halstead remembers. "The small format, along with a high-speed developer (using D76 replenisher at high temperature) meant that Tretick's coverage was unmatched. The use of the telephoto lens on the 35mm camera totally upstaged the pictures made by 4x5 toting photographers."

(POY award-winning civil rights photo by Charles McCarty - Corbis/Bettman)

McCarty was not just a manager; he was a news photographer too. NPPA honored him with a Pictures Of The Year award for a civil rights news photograph he shot in Little Rock, AR, on September 16, 1958. The picture shows a scuffle between a white teen and a black teen on a 14th Street city sidewalk. According to the original transmission caption, the black teen said that he and his sister "were en route to their segregated school when two white students ordered them to get off the sidewalk." McCarty wrote that the fight was brief and that the black teen "chased the two students off with his fists." The picture got a lot of attention and resulted in TIME magazine doing a story about McCarty and his photography, according to Halstead.

In the 1960's McCarty was assistant general manager for UPI Pictures in New York, and in 1972 he moved to Brussels for UPI to establish a new photo desk operation and to improve the ways photo coverage was assigned and the UPI photo report was managed in Europe. "As UPI's fortunes declined in the late 1980's, McCarty convinced the owners of Reuters to form a picture agency," Halstead said. "And for the next decade he personally helped shape that agency."

"Over his lifetime, Charlie McCarty left a profound impression on photojournalism and the photographers who have practiced it," Halstead said.

Among the famous photojournalists who count McCarty as their mentor are Bill Campbell, former TIME photographer; Halstead; Daryl Heikes, of U.S. News & World Report; Frank Johnston, of The Washington Post; Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hume Kennerly; Mal Langsdon, of Reuters; Joe Marquette, formerly of UPI and AP; Robert S. Patton, who later became an editor at National Geographic, and Bill Snead.

(Charles J. McCarty, seated center, receives the John Durniak Mentor Award from Shelly Katz during the NPPA national convention's Sprague Awards banquet, Sat. June 29, 2002 at the Thunderbird Hotel in Bloomington, MN - Photo by Keith Nordstrom/The Sun Chronicle)















Bill Snead is a good example of a photojournalist whose life was changed by crossing paths with McCarty. Snead is a native of Lawrence, KS, where he started his career as a high school photo lab tech at the local newspaper, the Journal World. He was a photographer at the Topeka Capital-Journal and then at the Wilmington (DE) News-Journal, where he was a photographer and eventually ran the department.

Snead was in Washington, DC, in January 1965 on the night before Lyndon Johnson's presidential inauguration. He was there covering the story for the News-Journal. "I joined McCarty and some of his staff for dinner and McCarty was going over their inaugural photo assignments," Snead remembers.

"Heikes (Darryl)," McCarty said, "the first picture we want out of you is a shot at sunrise showing Kennedy's eternal flame in the foreground with the Capital building and monuments in the background." Heikes explained to McCarty that Arlington Cemetery would be closed at that time of day. McCarty said, "Don't tell me your problems, Darryl, just get me the G** D***** picture." Snead recalls that come the next morning, Heikes did just that. "Just get me the G** D***** picture was one of McCarty's often-used lines," said Snead.

Two years later in December 1967, Snead was running the News-Journal's photography department. He had never worked for UPI. Then one day his life and career changed in mere moments when he answered the telephone in Wilmington and it was McCarty calling from Manhattan:

McCarty: "Hey, Snead, how's it goin' in Delaware?" Snead: "Great." McCarty: "How'd you like to run our Saigon Bureau?" Snead: "Are you kidding?" McCarty: "Not if you can be there in three weeks." Snead: (pause) "Okay." McCarty: "How soon can you get to New York? We need to talk."

"He was a man of few words," Snead remembers. Snead went on to run the UPI photo operations in Saigon for McCarty from 1967 to 1969 and during the Tet Offensive, with the heavy fighting breaking out just three weeks after his arrival in country. He remembers a Telex he got from McCarty in Saigon after UPI shooters had a particularly good week of photography from Khe Sanh during the siege.

"Dave Powell had good ground action photographs and UPI photographer Kyochi Sawada shot first-ever aerials of the base that were published around the world," Snead said. The congratulatory Telex said: "Snead. Kicked Grandma's ass (Grandma was Telex code for the Associated Press). Please effort again and often. Charles McCarty."

After Vietnam, Snead went on to run the UPI Bureau in Chicago before joining the National Geographic as a picture editor. He later moved to The Washington Post, where he spent 21 years and was the assistant managing editor of photography. He is now senior editor of the Lawrence (KS) Journal World, back where his career started as a high school student.

(undated recent file photo of American photo reporter Charlie McCarty - Reuters)

McCarty is survived by his daughter, Pat, who is the Deputy Sports Editor for Reuters. She is based in London.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 p.m. (1300) at Saint Anne's Church, Place St. Alliance, in Uccle, Belgium, near Brussels. Funeral services are being arranged by the Andre Moreau Mortuary, rue St. Anne, 13, Braine-Alleud 1420, Belgium.








 (Reuters London, UPI, Dirck Halstead, Bill Snead, and Corbis-Bettmann contributed to this story).


Best Of Photojournalism Opens Today

The Best Of Photojournalism 2004 contest officially started today with the first day of accepting entries. Television photojournalism entries are accepted until February 6, 2004; Still photojournalism, Still Editing, and Web entries are accepted until February 13, 2004.


Los Angeles TV Reporter Alpert Settles Lawsuit Against ABC Inc.

Television news reporter Adrienne Alpert at KABC-7 TV in Los Angeles, CA, who was critically burned in 2000 when the mast of a news van antenna she was working in hit a power line, has settled a lawsuit against ABC Inc. and other companies stemming from the accident according to published reports that quote a statement from her attorney, Bruce Broillet. The attorney said that Alpert and ABC have agreed not to disclose details of the settlement.

Alpert's story was reported several times in News Photographer after the incident, and she continued to work at KABC-7 after recovering from several surgeries and physical rehabilitation.

The reporter was on assignment in Hollywood on May 22, 2000 when a KABC-7 photographer raised the 42-foot telescoping mast of their news van into an overhead power line, according to the suit. Reports said electricity shot through the van and her body as she stepped out of the vehicle. Alpert lost half of her right leg, half of her left arm, part of her left foot and several fingers on the right hand in the aftermath of the electrocution.

In the suit against ABC Inc., Alpert alleged negligence by ABC and contended that the company was responsible for providing training in the operation of the news van. A story in the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Alpert had previously reached an $800,000 settlement with the maker of the van's mast, Will-Burt Co., and that the settlement became known to them when court documents about the pending suit against ABC Inc. were made public.

The KABC-7 Web site says that Alpert joined KABC-7 as a reporter in 1996. She graduated from San Diego State University with a journalism degree and worked at KSDO News Radio in San Diego as an anchor and reporter with a Sunday night talk show. In 1977 she joined KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, and was an anchor and reporter there for 19 years before coming to KABC-7.


Longtime Director and Founding Member To Retire from SND Executive Director Post

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI. - David B. Gray, executive director of the Society for News Design, will retire May 31, 2004, after more than 25 years of service to the organization.

Gray has been a member of the NPPA for more than 28 years, joining NPPA in November 1975.

He will step down after eight years as the executive director of SND. Warren Watson, SND immediate past president, said they will undertake an international search to replace Gray, who was hired in 1996 and is only the second executive director in the group's 25-year history.

"Dave has done more than any other individual to foster and strengthen SND. He is one of the giant figures in the history of newspaper and media design," said Watson.

Watson said that Gray would remain a consultant to the organization through the early Fall, helping to plan and coordinate SND's biggest event of the year, the Annual Workshop and Exhibition, to be held September 30 through October 2, 2004, in San Jose, CA.

Under Gray, SND expanded its training offerings in news, new media and advertising design and information graphics workshops. During his tenure, the organization became more active in working with other journalism organizations to spread the message that well-designed newspapers are good newspapers, Watson said. SND's membership peaked over 2,700 in 2003, there are now more than 16 student chapters of SND around the world, and the number of entries in the Annual Best of Newspaper Design competition have increased more than 50 percent in the past eight years.

Gray is a 1963 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), with a bachelor's degree in graphics and photography. After serving as a graphic designer and art director in an advertising agency and as an associate in a design firm, he joined the Providence Journal Co. in 1968 as a graphic designer in the promotion department. He was brought to the newsroom and named Journal-Bulletin photo editor in September 1975, graphics editor in 1980 and managing editor/graphics in 1984. In 1994, Gray was named to the new post of managing editor/technology, responsible for implementing desktop publishing and training. In 1996, he left the Providence Journal-Bulletin to take the SND position. That appointment capped 18 years of volunteer service in the organization for Gray, who was a founding member of SND in 1978.


Bismarck's Justin Dehn wins Yoder Award

The 2004 Gordon Yoder TV NewsVideo Workshop Award from the National Press Photographers Foundation has been given to Justin Dehn of KFYR NBC-TV 5 in Bismarck, ND. NPPF TV Scholarship Coordinator Dave Hamer made the announcement of the winner to the NPPF Trustees this week.

"Our thanks to fellow trustee Gordon Yoder and Irene Yoder for founding this award, which assists young professional television photojournalists and helps them to attend the workshop in Norman, OK," Hamer said. The $1,000 stipend is an annual grant administered by the NPPF.

"I've never been to the workshop before and I'm really excited about it," Dehn said. "I've wanted to go for the last couple of years and financially just wasn't able to do it. This year's workshop is a really good one and it's a good time to attend. I'm really happy to have won the Yoder award this year."

Dehn said, "there aren't a lot of photojournalists in North Dakota to get together with and learn from. I think the workshop is going to be a great place to learn a lot, and a great deal." The workshop is March 21-26


Sports Illustrated's V.J. Lovero, 44, loses long battle with cancer

Victor James "V.J." Lovero, 44, staff photographer for Sports Illustrated, and team photographer for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Anaheim Angels, died January 12 in Newport Beach, CA, after a four-year battle with cancer. At his side were family and friends. He is survived by his wife Trish, and sons John, 16, and Jay, 13.

V.J. Lovero before Game 2 of the 2002 American League Division Championship series between the Minnesota Twins and the Oakland A's in Oakland.

Photo by Brad Mangin - Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated says Lovero had 39 of the magazine's covers during his career. He was the Ducks official team photographer since the team's inception in 1993. Lovero was also an active member of the Web site.

Many of Lovero's fellow sports photojournalists were with him during his final days in hospital in Newport Beach, and they travelled from assignments around the country to be with him when they got word that his condition had worsened. Tributes to Lovero, in stories and fond memories, have been pouring in to the Web site that he was a member of since January, 2003.

Memorial contributions were requested by the family in lieu of flowers. Donations in Lovero's name can be made to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, 9272 Jeronimo Rd., Suite 107A, Irvine, CA, 92618. Their web site is at


Southern Short Course In April

The 55th Southern Short Course in News Photography will be held Thursday, April 1 through Sunday, April 4, 2004 at the Marriott Greensboro Downtown in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This year's faculty will include: Mark Adams, Mark Adams Photography; Alan Berner, The Seattle Times; Francis Gardler, Patuxent Publishing Company; Jack Rowland, The St. Petersburg Times; Diana Walker, Time; Andrea Bruce Woodall, The Washington Post.

The seminar and contest are open to all photojournalists and students. Deadline to enter the contest is March 17, 2004.


KRT's Harry Walker Named Best Of Photojournalism 2004 Contest Chairperson

Harry Walker, director of photography for Knight Ridder Tribune Photos in Washington, DC, has been appointed chairperson of the Best Of Photojournalism 2004 contest committee to replace Maria Mann. She resigned the post as she assumes her new duties as the director of news and editorial photography for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Corbis. Mann, who served in the contest leadership role for two years, is now based in Paris, France.

NPPA Past President and NPPA/Poynter Institute liaison Clyde Mueller made the announcement today on the opening day for entries in the 2004 competition. "The NPPA is eternally grateful to Maria for the work she has done on behalf of the BOP contest," Mueller said, "and we wish her the best. Maria wants everyone to know she will continue to actively promote the BOP contest wherever she travels."

Mueller also announced that Terry E. Eiler, director of the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, has joined the Best Of Photojournalism contest committee to replace Larry Nighswander. The other returning contest committee members are Joe Elbert, assistant managing editor of photography for The Washington Post, and Kenny Irby, founder of the Poynter Institute's photojournalism program.


New Online Photographic Business Survey

A new online Photographic Business Survey is being conducted by Greg Voight, a faculty member at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, who is also a masters degree student at Antioch University working on a MA in organizational management. As part of his thesis he's conducting a national educational photographic business survey. The results, which he will share with the NPPA, will help us to better serve NPPA members.

"The goal is to collect data that will help student photographers become better at the business side of professional photography," Voight said. "This survey is being eMailed to as many APA, ASMP, PP of A, and WPPI members as possible, and I hope NPPA members, too." Voight said the survey is also being sent ot the alumni lists of several American universities with photographic programs.

Voight will share the data when the survey is complete and he says the survey takes less than ten minutes to take online. Voight can be contacted at [email protected] for more information.