The Lensrentals Podcast Episode #11 – How David Carson Won a Pulitzer Covering Ferguson
Each week Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals.com, hosts conversations about the art and science of capturing images. From photography to videography, film, history, and technology, the show covers a wide range of topics to educate and inspire creators of all kinds.
How David Carson Won a Pulitzer Covering Ferguson
David Carson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Carson’s images are featured extensively in the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography that was awarded to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo staff. In 2008, his multimedia project “Reporting for Duty” won a regional Emmy award for Advanced Media – Interactivity. We talk with David about his experience covering Ferguson, and how much of his team’s previous work prepared them to better understanding the issues that were front and center. David shares his take on newsrooms that have lost photojournalist, the future of staff photographers and why they matter even in our current visual age.
In this episode, David Carson shares with us his extensive 20-year career as a photojournalist working in some of the most chaotic and exciting locations and events within the last twenty years. From Iraq to Afganistan and even Ferguson, MO, David walks us through what it takes to document events in an unfiltered and honest way. David also goes on to share where he thinks photojournalism will be in ten years, and the absolute importance of photojournalism in an era where the trust in the news is low.
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00:35 – Introductions to Joey Miller and Pulitzer Prize-winning David Carson
01:00 – David Carson details his background as a photojournalist
04:35 – David Carson reminiscences on his first paid job as a photographer
05:45 – How David got started at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a photographer
08:45 – How often David Carson has to supplement his own equipment with rental equipment
10:00 – How the photojournalism industry is changing
12:00 – How the photojournalism industry is transitioning into video as needed
13:00 – David discusses his work in Afganistan and Iraq and how it’s required to adjust your story topic at times
17:40 – BREAK
19:10 – David Carson talks about being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for him and his team’s work during the city hall shooting
21:00 – David then transitions into his Pulitzer Prize-winning work for the Ferguson protests in 2014
27:00 – How Twitter helped tip off David Carson about the Ferguson protests
32:00 – David talks about some of his most powerful photographs captured during the Ferguson protests
41:30 – David talks about when he tells people he is a press photographer during conflicts
42:50 – Why it’s so crucial for photojournalism to continue to exist
46:00 – Where David Carson sees the photojournalism industry sitting in ten years
47:40 – After twenty years, David Carson talks about what some of his dream assignments would be
The Lensrentals Podcast is hosted by Roger Cicala. Our sound engineers are Ryan Hill and Julian Harper. Our other regular contributors include: Sarah McAlexander, Joey Miller, John Tucker, Drew Cicala, and SJ Smith. Our theme was composed by Jacques Granger. You can find more of his work here and here.
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