Whew. I just got back from the Al Smith Dinner. I haven’t even download all of the images yet, but thanks to hyper-efficiency of the media world, this one has already been sent out to the newswires a couple hours ago. It was an amazing event and an incredible honor to have a near-exclusive eye on history, flanked only by two campaign photographers who have already made an incredible mark on history themselves: Eric Draper and Pete Souza. Apparently, other than the debates President Obama and former Governor Romney haven’t been near each other since 2004. And they haven’t exactly been sharing a laugh during the debates. So it was a pleasure to be there for that brief moment where two fierce competitors put down their guard for a fleeting moment … and laughed about Mitt’s singing. (“It was pretty good!” according to the president).
My photos of the celebration in NYC after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan were on NPR, political blogs … all over the place, particularly this one. Feel free to hash it out in the comments, but all sides have been heard from many times at the full link here: http://www.ryanbrenizer.com/blog/2011/05/osama-is-dead-photos-from-a-historic-party-at-ground-zero/
I've decided my portfolio site, which was revolutionary when I launched it in 2007, is a bit outdated now, so I'm considering using 500px as a new one until I figure out whether it's worth a new revolutionary page or whether the action should be on the blog. A scene from 2006 Columbia University graduation
You can all read your own political metaphors into this (and I'm sure the comments section will be … interesting). I mostly said, in pure photojournalist style, "Hey, from this angle the chandelier can look like a crown!" Deep, I know. I've been sitting on a lot of celebrity photos you haven't seen. Some of my favorites are in this blog post: "Celebrities I Have Shot."
She just sat there mesmerized as I circled around.