Post and Courier Visuals Editor to speak at Center for Photography

  • Monday, August 5, 2013

Post and Courier Visuals Editor Tom Spain

The Charleston Center for Photography is privileged to have Post and Courier Visuals Editor Tom Spain speak at the August Second Monday Series Lecture on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.

His talk will be on “Press Photography, Where Art Thou?: The good, bad, ugly” explained by Tom Spain at CCP 2nd Monday.

Tom Spain is the Visuals Editor for The Post and Courier. He knows his stuff. He knows his job. He will detail changes in press photography at Charleston Center for Photography (CCP) 2nd Monday Lecture Series at the center, 654 King Street, Charleston.

From the major growth of digital photography technology since the late 1990s to the present, it’s not the equipment; it’s the uncertain climate for the press photographers, today. They are mobile. They are professional. They are few.

Spain is well aware that in May this year the Chicago Sun-Times fired more than 28 photographers, included was Pulitzer Prize winner John H. White. Such a major move by a major newspaper produced major concern among national press photographers and media professionals. A recent article printed by zdnet.com suggested reporters and freelancers with video-capable smartphones would replace the photographers. For Spain and colleagues, the photography climate is in flux, one that affects aspiring amateurs, as well.

The Charleston Post and Courier has seen a number of its well-known photographers go elsewhere – some have pursued careers away from photography.

A native of Charleston, Spain began his career in photojournalism in 1972 as a staff photographer for the Evening Post and News and Courier. He took over management of the Photography Department in 1993 when newspapers were making the transition from film to digital images. The two newspapers became one during his tenure, and the changes kept coming.

All photographers will benefit from Spain’s good, bad, and ugly talk. He follows associate Paul Zoeller, who spoke of career downs and ups last month. Zoeller gave good account of his path to success. Spain promises to add to that experience with the viewpoint of a photography professional who has seen it all.

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