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    Division Street. Rochester, NY. February 2014. © Zack DeClerck.

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    Memorial Day 2014. Lake Avenue. Rochester, NY. © Zack DeClerck.

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    Old City, Jerusalem. Summer, 2012. © Zack DeClerck.

  4. Boston, MA. June 2014. © Zack DeClerck.

    Top: Hammock Hangout on the Charles.
    Bottom: Boston Bike Party

  5. Hubert and Bradley pace in front of the Dorothy Day House, talking to themselves.


    South Avenue. Rochester, NY. Spring 2014. © Zack DeClerck. Follow Story here.

  6. Alonzo. St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality. Rochester, NY. © Zack DeClerck 2014.

  7. Route 104. North Side. Rochester, NY. © Zack DeClerck 2014.

  8. Bradley. Solitaire. Dorothy Day House. Rochester, NY. © Zack DeClerck 2014.

  9. Post-Alexia Grant Chili Competition. Syracuse, NY. Winter 2014. © Zack DeClerck

  10. Imagine RIT Festival 2014. © Zack DeClerck.

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    Pennsylvania Ave. Rochester, NY. July 2012. © Zack DeClerck.


  12. Reflection on RIT Photojournalism Visit to New York

    After spending a week in New York City, talking with top publications and organizations in the field, I’m optimistic about the future of photojournalism and my ability to find my place in it. I believe the mindset of collaboration and cooperation rather than competition is necessary. The 21st century has provided a virtual venue. The internet is still a blank canvas, and It is our responsibility as storytellers to bring order to the chaos of imagery that exists.

    Brian Storm of Media Storm said it himself. “Start your own business. We are not hurting for work. There is plenty to go around.” The only condition to what he said is that the content has to be really powerful. Made clear throughout the trip, was the amount of work and dedication that is required to break through the noise. Nobody is going to pay us for another “pretty picture”. Not anymore. Quality storytelling is what will separate us from the guy with the iPhone or the Google Glass.

    The size of the professional community is as small as Professor William Snyder has told us. Everybody knows everybody and very few people stay put at a single company for too long. A theme that was overwhelmingly present throughout the week was the importance of integrity. Word travels fast and I plan on being known as the photographer that can be trusted to be honest and principled in my work.

    Everyday was full of great insight. Santiago Lyon at AP emphasized the need to practice creating visual variety on even the most mundane subjects. Scott Eells and Graham Morrison at Bloomberg emphasized the importance of making pictures that keep relevance for longer periods of time. It was refreshing to hear James Estrin at NY Times note the average age of people moving up in the field being much younger than it was 15 or 20 years ago. Jonathan Woods at TIME demonstrated the need to constantly be learning new technical skills such as coding or video to be a continually valuable asset to the publication and we received several hours of diverse and often contradicting perspectives at Getty Images.  

    The whole week has been a lot to absorb. I take from this week an idea of an industry that is in the midst of a great amount of change. We will be able to be a part of this exciting time in visual journalism if we work hard, remain humble, remain teachable, are reliable, and maintain our integrity. Now back in Rochester, I look forward to keeping in touch with the people the we’ve met this past week and moving forward with my career alongside my peers in the RIT Photojournalism program.

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    Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. April 2014. © Zack DeClerck.


  14. RIT Photojournalism trip to New York: Day 5

    My trip to New York with my RIT classmates came to a close on Friday with visits at TIME Magazine and Sports Illustrated.

    Kira Pollack, Director of Photography & Visual Enterprise, and Jonathan Woods, Senior Editor of Online & Interactive, presented us with TIME’s recent work and discussed their process of creating that work. Pollock created TIME’s documentary department, Red Border Films. One of Red Border Films most successful productions has been “Rise”, which illustrated the pride of the iron workers that built One World Trade Center. One worker had family members that built the Empire State Building and the former Twin Towers. Related to that Topic, Jonathan Woods shared his experience and the importance of persistence, flexibility, and persuasion as he worked with the port authority and a variety of engineers to orchestrate “The Top of America” cover photo, a 360 degree panorama made with GigaPan technology. 

    We spent a lot of time discussing Woods’ career path, work flow, and how the two have complemented each other. For example, one of Woods’ skills is his ability to adapt and continue learning new skills to make himself valuable. Woods said, “this is an 18 hours a day, 7 days a week operation. You need to invent systems to save yourself time.” He has taught himself how to code so he could design a system to make TIME’s photo intake system more efficient, going from a 15 minute process to a 60 second process. He also emphasized the importance of being able to pitch a story in a brief and persuasive way, helping non-visual people visualize it. He asked my classmates and myself to summarize the stories that we’re currently working on in one sentence. The results of this exercise relieved that most of us need to continue to practice in order to sell our stories. It’s all about the power of the pitch. 

    The last stop on our information-packed trip was Sports Illustrated (SI). Brad Smith, Director of Photography, shared about the process in which SI works with photographers. He mentioned the importance of knowing your subject. The Mayor of Boston didm’t initially want to be involved with the “Boston Strong” cover, reflecting on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. However, when he was able to pitch the cover to the mayor as an opportunity for political capital, the Mayor changed his mind. Smith was very appreciative of photographers, explaining that it’s not just about snapping the picture, but also working with people and being to organize, problem solve, and remain calm and collected. Smith Commended photographer Gregory Heisler on his ability to rally 3,000 people into a successful photograph. 

  15. Mobile Grid. New York, New York. April 2014. © Zack DeClerck