Archive for May, 2012
Impact
FILE - In this June 8, 1972 file photo, crying children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, run down Route 1 near Trang Bang, Vietnam after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places as South Vietnamese forces from the 25th Division walk behind them. A South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped its flaming napalm on South Vietnamese troops and civilians. From left, the children are Phan Thanh Tam, younger brother of Kim Phuc, who lost an eye, Phan Thanh Phouc, youngest brother of Kim Phuc, Kim Phuc, and Kim's cousins Ho Van Bon, and Ho Thi Ting. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

This year marks the 40th anniversary of this iconic photo from Vietnam. Instantly recognizable, this photo shaped people’s views of the times and in the moment is was taken, forever intertwined the lives of both the subject and photographer.  

Getting people to do stupid things
Getting people to do stupid things

When I do career days at schools or talk to people about being a photojournalist, one of the basic questions I get asked a lot is, “What do you like best about your job?” That’s pretty easy. I get to work in an ever-changing environment where I am encouraged to flex my creative muscles. When [...]

American Homecomings
Darnell Rias of West York steadies himself on a row of weights as he does one-arm tricep extensions at L.A. Fitness in Manchester Township Friday, May 4, 2012. Rias, a Marine, was in Afghanistan for just a few months before the M-ATV he was driving was hit by an IED October 8, 2010, shattering his vertebra and leaving him with a traumatic brain injury with lingering side effects.  DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

Darnell Rias is 22. He lives in West York, likes to work out, plans to go to school in the fall, and about 1 1/2 years ago the M-ATV he was driving in Afghanistan was hit by an IED, injuring him the three other Marines in the vehicle. Reporter Mike Argento and I will be [...]

Backstage
Obria Shaw of Dover, center, and Alicia Rodriguez of York, right, wait backstage before the hair battle during the Art, Fashion, and Hair Show at the York County School of Technology Thursday, May 17, 2012.  DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

There are few things I love to photograph more than backstage. At a concert, talent show, or possibly my favorite – plays and ballets, I’m in heaven. There’s always drama, especially if we’re talking teenage girls, make-up, dramatic lighting, nerves, and if I’m lucky, costumes. Thursday I spent most of my afternoon/evening with a student [...]

Overdosing on cuteness; Kate Penn captures kittens and puppies
Overdosing on cuteness; Kate Penn captures kittens and puppies

If you happen to see an adorable photo of a kitten or puppy in the York Daily Record, there is a good chance it was taken by staff photographer Kate Penn. In her four-plus years at the Daily Record, Kate has developed quite a knack for capturing cats and dogs, including a front-page photo today [...]

Does this photo offend you?
Does this photo offend you?

Post by Jason Plotkin Sometimes I take a photo, that, in my mind, is innocent enough, but in some way or another, offends someone. I once took a picture of a woman in a hospital room eating dinner and did not realized that, on a chair in the background, her underwear were draped over it. [...]

The “flag guy” runneth
The “flag guy” runneth

One Saturday morning, I hired — well, asked — my boyfriend to drive me around in pursuit of a local man who carries the American flag on his morning runs. I met John Crone at a local 5K race, where I spotted him with his flag and asked if I could follow up with him [...]

Repetition
Repetition

I love shooting repetition; the shapes and symmetry that create order in a random world. Shot with a Motorola Droid X edited with Motorola phone tools.

Revolution!
8-year-old Luca Fimiani, left, of York Township and Andrew Allen, 11, of York, cheer in the hopes of a free prize during the York Revolution home opener against the Camden Riversharks at Sovereign Bank Stadium Tuesday, May 1, 2012. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

I’ve been in York for a little over four years now, and each year there are certain events that I always cover that signal the beginning of a season. When I photograph Light Up Night I know it’s really winter. The first day of trout season means spring, and opening day   for the York [...]

Why I give back
Why I give back

There’s a reason why I stay behind the camera. I get flustered when speaking to more than five people at a time, I stumble over my words, I have to concentrate to enunciate. But earlier today, I talked about photojournalism to two 75-minute sessions of high school students during Martin Library’s annual Youth Empowerment Summit. [...]

Getting the “Little John” joke and appreciating the color yellow
Bobbie Simmons appreciates the height of "Little John" as the blind York city resident takes a Touch Tour of DreamWrights before the production of "Robin Hood"

Post by Jason Plotkin I always joke that without my glasses, I’m blind. Having worn a pair since the first grade, my eyesight has gradually gotten worse. But there is something I’m always grateful for. I know what the color yellow looks like. For years now, the color of sunshine, daffodils and lemons that grow [...]

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