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David Griffin Video


Original article:  David Griffin on Photojournalism

Update November 19, 2009 The behind the scenes clip of National Geographic Photographer Paul Nicklen taking pictures of the leopard seal enhances David Griffin's TED video. The size of the seal (18 seconds into the behind the scenes) is shocking. Take a look after the jump.

August 25, 2009 National Geographic Magazine's Director of photography, David Griffin speaks of the power still images still hold in this fast paced multimedia world. How the ability to consistently tell a story through photographs - a visual narrative – makes a great photojournalist.

'... not just a collection of photographs but an amazing experience and great story...'

Everyone would agree that National Geographic is the benchmark for photography; some of the most influential and iconic images have graced its pages. Going way beyond just following the 'rules' of photography to produce a pretty picture, the National Geographic photojournalists, have been able to present amazing pictorial stories. With the technical skill, dedication, and patience to capture incredible images in some of the most inhospitable conditions - it's no wonder that the National Geographic photographers are so highly awarded. Griffin, as Director of Photography is in a unique position to discern what and why these photographs are great.


November 19, 2009 - Behind the scenes with photographer Paul Nicklen
In the 15 minute video hosted on the TED.Com website, Griffin shares visual narratives from photographers: Nick Nichols, Jonas Bendiksen, Brian Scary, Randy Olson, James Nachtwey, and Paul Nicklen.

About TED.com
'TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 200 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.'


David Griffin's Blog
As Director of Photography for National Geographic Magazine, David Griffin's blogging gives insight into not only photography, but the aspects of editing. His postings give insight and real world examples of what it took for a photo assignment to turn out captivating, story telling images.

Nick Nichols Home Page
Nick Nichols home page is a great introduction to this prolific National Geographic wildlife photographer. His website has FAQ's, a section entitled Nick's Take On..., and of course a selection of galleries.

Jonas Bendiksen Home Page
Norwegian photographer Jonas Bendiksen's website more information on this photographer's book 'Satellites' and a link that will take you to his Magnum galleries for other samples of his works.

Randy Olson Website
For more than the past 10 years Olson has photographed for National Geographic in remote and distant places. A collection of his galleries can be found here.


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