Always a newsman

Ten years ago, on the last weekend of September 2004, Floyd Press editor Wanda Combs asked me to shoot photographs of Buffalo football at a Friday night game. Shooting those photos would be the first photography for The Floyd Press in 39 years.  My last news assignment for the paper had been in May of […]

Swimming against a rising tide of cameras

As a professional news photographer, I have often jostled with others of my craft for the right position to shoot an image that would satisfy editors. The situation usually reached its worst with prominent elected officials and heads of state. Fighting for position among a sea of photographers and television cameramen was part of the […]

Visual journalism

Elmer Broz, city editor of The Alton Telegraph when I signed on as a reporter in 1969 — and the man I would replace after he died — told me that it was the job of a newspaperman to “explode a picture in the reader’s mind.” Broz, a throwback to old-fashioned, Chicago-style newspaper reporting,, through […]

Buster Carico: legend, mentor and friend

Mel “Buster” Carico was already a legend in journalism when I went to work for The Roanoke Times as a copy boy in 1965, shortly after graduation from Floyd County High School. Carico started his 45-year career at the Times as a clerk in the mail room and later worked the switchboard at the paper. […]