In this Depth of Field I speak with Esther Havens. Ether Havens is a Humanitarian Photographer. She captures stories that transcend a person's circumstances and reveal their true strength. For many years she has worked on social-awareness campaigns with organizations such as charity: water, TOMS Shoes, Concern Worldwide and A Glimmer of Hope. Her images compel thought and challenge action. She has traveled to over 45 nations in the last 10 years -- and she'll keep going until she sees that every person on the planet has access to education and clean drinking water. At heart, she is a connector, fostering relationships across continents, cultures, industries and perspectives. While not traveling, Esther calls Austin, Texas home. This interview is destined to be a classic. Esther and I have been trying to set up this for over a year. When we finally got our schedules to match up we made up for lost time. Esther speaks openly and frankly from her heart and shares her concerns of the current trends in humanitarian photography. She speaks honestly about her values and where she thinks the ethical line should be in this type of photography. She is unabashedly a Christian and views the world from this point of view. This interview is full of opinions and thoughts that will no doubt challenge anyone interested in photographing the poor and less fortunate of this world. Check out Esther Havens' photo stories and website HERE. Follow here on Twitter HERE.
In this interview, I speak with Deanne Fitzmaurice about her long career in photojournalism and her new love multimedia. She shared with me how she creates her award-winning multimedia projects and the back story how Think Tank camera bags was founded.
Deanne grew up in Massachusetts but moved to San Francisco to be an art student, before taking up photography. Deanne worked at the San Francisco Examiner, later moving to its rival the San Francisco Chronicle. Deanne has a passion for humanitarian documentary photography for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. As a staff photographer for 20 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, she has experience photographing a wide range of subjects including news, politics, sports, and entertainment. Assignments include Super Bowls, Baseball World Series, photographing politicians President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton.
Deanne is one of 13 photographers chosen internationally to be a member of Microsoft's prestigious Icons of Imaging program. She is a co-founder of Think Tank Photo, makers of some of the industry's best camera bags. You can view her work at her website and blog. A taste of her multimedia work titled Family Kocktail can be found at MediaStorm.