Earlier this year, the New York Times began searching for a new Director of Photography to replace Michele McNally, who announced her retirement in
Earlier this year, the New York Times began searching for a new Director of Photography to replace Michele McNally, who announced her retirement in February after 14 years in that role. After considering both external and internal candidates, the Times has selected Meaghan Looram, who served as one of McNally’s top deputies for 8 years.
Most photojournalists like to feel that what they do in their work has some historic sense to it. I mean, we’re photoJOURNALISTS. We like to think that our pictures are, as we often say, the “first draft of history.”
We parked our car and I positioned myself behind several protesters as Claudia asked two men to allow me to balance my camera on their shoulders, in order to make a long exposure without flash, of the lineup of Stasi and their dogs that were biting protesters. After making many images, I was suddenly swept off my feet by several undercover police officers. I was sure that I would lose this important film as I was taken to a paddy wagon and asked to surrender my film and cameras.