Pulitzer photojournalist takes a stand for quality – Dayton Business Journal

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[Larry] Price, who has served as the director of photography for the Dayton Daily News  — the largest daily newspaper in the region — on Aug. 29 surrendered his job in a rare move of self sacrifice. Only three days earlier, Price was asked by management to lay off up to half of the paper’s photographers, a move he simply couldn’t support.

“It didn’t take me long to make the decision. Before I turned out the lights Friday, I knew I couldn’t go through with it,” Price said.

via Dayton Business Journal thx, David B.

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  1. Another sad indication about the state of newspapers today. Larry Price is such a solid guy, his move does not surprise me. It’s unfortunate he was put in this position.

  2. Cudo’s Larry!
    Ive withheld some sentiments in the past with regard to the future of photography as a whole,. Mainly in fear of being labeled difficult to work with or worse. A story like this and I’m unable to bite my tongue. People like paper! Yet they are being fed a list of reasons why they should have a reader, get it now syndrome versus something of value, and creates a memory. Most of why something is being sold is bull crap! Don’t get me wrong, I like my technology items, Phone, Laptop, Big screen, etc. I cherish the magazines I get. I think I would enjoy the paper more if there were more images with a story.

    I think as a group of professionals a solution could be found. It is apparent that the business model used will sacrifice peoples live without conscience. JMHO

    it may not be green unless what you get is recycled, in this day and age who really cares. I am not saying I don’t care about the environment, because I do.

  3. Best of luck to you Larry wow! I’m on the fence with between paper and screen news. I use both… photographers need to know both nowadays – it’s not good enough anylonger to shoot stills. You have to know mutlt-media.

  4. scott Rex Ely

    Larry Price is a photo God. His description of his photo session of the Liberian execution has been ingrained in my head for ever. Shell casings hitting him in the head and having to re-pack a brick of Tri-X to avoid peril to get the film out is a truly remarkable and inspiring test of courage to support the truth. His move doesn’t surprise me at all. Cheers, to one of the BEST.

  5. It is an every shrinking world for “True Professional Photographers.” What courage that must have taken! Any idiot can push a button. If that idiot pushes the button enough times they are sure to luck out and get a couple good shots. These days professional photographers are undervalued. Places like Getty, who bought flickr go on averages. With all the digital diarrhea being uploaded to the web these days, you’re sure to luck out and find a couple very good shots every 100k uploads or so…

  6. Kathy Gordon

    The prevous comment was submited before I finished editing it, and I don’t know how to remove it. Sorry about that.

    A professional photographer produces images of that which is technically appealing, honest, and of high merit. A professional has great insight and the ability to distill that insight through the medium of photography so that viewers can experience it at a deep level.
    Photography is much like literature. I can tell you a story, but if Hemingway tells the same story, that’s something else all together. It’s the same story, but with a professional rendition. Many people write, but not all of them are Hemingways. Similarly, there are many people with cameras, but not all of them are photographers.
    People need to discern between TECHNICAL and EMOTIONAL QUALITY and RECORD KEEPING and SNAPSHOTS.
    Unfortunately, the kids (and many adults too) aren’t taught, don’t have time or patience to study about quality, and they honestly don’t know the difference. They are happy with “instant news”. As long as they can recognize a face, they are pleased with the photo. Quality has become a dinosauer and will survive, if at all, in the hands of archivists.
    Thank you, Larry, for all you magnificent work over the years!