Chicago Tribune photographer: ‘I can’t be on both sides of police tape’

Updates from the world of working photographers:

• Chicago Tribune photographer Alex Garcia tries to shoot down arguments in favor of the Chicago Sun-Times’ decision to cashier its photo staff. “Doing more with less” means less for readers, too Garcia writes:

I can’t be on both sides of police tape, talking to a police sergeant and photographing family members of a crime victim before they leave in despair, recording audio, video, stills and getting quotes. What this phrase really means is that readers are going to have to accept less. At some point, push will come to shove with subscribers who see the slipping standards.

• Reuters shooter Wolfgang Rattay takes readers through a crazy week of rain and floods in Central Europe. Here’s part of his Thursday:

I moved on to a nearby village where I had seen soldiers carrying sandbags. I took some pictures and then Hubert found me. Hubert, a landscape planner, offered me a boat tour through Niederalteich, a village of 2000 people south of Deggendorf. He had never steered a canoe himself but luckily for him, I am an experienced kayaker and canoe driver. Our three-hour tour through the flooded street produced impressive images of how people handled these tough times with pride and a huge amount of improvisation.

• Finally, Beyoncé (Poynter archives here) could learn a thing or two about angering photographers from Justin Bieber, whom photographer Jeffrey Binion is reportedly suing. Bieber, TMZ reported, ordered his security personnel to seize the photographer’s memory card. Eric Calouro reports that Russell S. Adler said: “Justin Bieber is now an adult, and he should act like one. He needs to learn that he cannot use bodyguards as weapons to harm innocent people.”

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  • SFMH57

    Well, Alex, with tongue in cheek, let me say that if you worked on many a small newspaper these days, you would be judged to be totally inadequate and fired for NOT being able or willing to both shoot video and photos and take complete and accurate notes and write kick-butt copy and do it all right now. Oh, and do it for about $12 an hour. Or, ideally, for less. Where’s your professionalism and commitment to quality journalism, Mister?