Monthly Archive for October, 2007

PhotoNight XL: Greg Kelly

Beyond Words: Photographers of War

After getting a doctorate in literature from Oxford University, Greg Kelly returned to his native Canada, where his first job was that of proofreading Harlequin Romances. He later started doing documentary radio work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which led to an award-winning career in both radio and television.

“Beyond Words: Photographers of War” has been sold to about twenty countries and screened in New York, London, Paris, Vancouver, Toronto, Bangkok, Moscow and at the Visa pour l’image photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France. It’s won several awards and was described by the eminence grise of photojournalism John G. Morris as being “the most important film documentary about photojournalism ever made.” There is no narrator in this documentary. Instead, twenty-four of the world’s top photojournalists tell the story of what photographs and the practice of photography mean to them.

Kelly is the senior producer and co-creator of “The Story with Dick Gordon” a nationally syndicated radio program on National Public Radio.

PhotoNight XXXIX Podcast: Steve Liss

On September 25, 2007 photographer Steve Liss visited UNC photojournalism students as part of the school’s monthly PhotoNight lecture.

Steve Liss, a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, has been a news photographer since the age of 17 when he began taking pictures for his hometown weekly newspaper, The Quincy Sun. He has been photographing the United States for Time since 1976.

Though he’s covered six presidential campaigns, his greatest satisfaction comes from exploring themes of social significance through photographs of everyday life. Forty-three of his photographs have appeared on the cover of Time and he has won numerous awards from the National Press Photographer’s Association, Pictures of the Year, and the World Press Association. In 2004 he was awarded the Soros Justice Media Fellowship for his book No Place For Children: Voices From Juvenile Detention (University of Texas Press, 2005) and in 2005 he received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to continue documenting poverty in America. Most recently he was the recipient of the 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for coverage of issues affecting the disadvantaged. Liss teaches photojournalism at the graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

His work can be seen at

Audio by Chris Carmichael

Music: “Bellat” by Barry Phillips. Governed by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 1.0 license.

Week in Photos September 24, 2007

This week’s photos are part of our Bridging the Gap assignment, in which we asked students to build rapport with a person with whom they share almost nothing in common. The goal: to capture revealing images and explore worlds that we might otherwise overlook.

Music: “One Big Holiday” by My Morning Jacket. This music is governed by a Creative Commons noncommercial sampling license.