As part of our monthly PhotoNight lecture, producer Greg Kelly visited UNC’s School of Journalism this October to discuss his documentary “Beyond Words: Photographers of War.” Click on the player below to hear Kelly talk about why he took on the project.
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.
This November, “Chief” Henry Lambert died after a long battle with lung cancer. For more than five decades, Lambert posed for photographs with tourists at his roadside teepee in Cherokee, NC. To broaden his appeal with tourists, Lambert modeled his dress according to Hollywood stereotypes of Native Americans, donning full headdress, which is uncharacteristic of traditional Cherokee attire. But the job allowed him to support his family and he says he loved it. In his interactions with patrons, he became aware of the misconceptions that tourists held about Cherokee life, and, in his own way, became an ambassador for the tribe.
“I believe anyone ought to learn the heritage and keep it alive,” Lambert told Carolina Photojournalism last year. “In fact, I encourage all my kids and grandkids to learn about it. I’m sorry I don’t know most of it. If I could go back, I would learn the language in a heartbeat.”
Even as his health began to deteriorate, Lambert said he looked forward to work and couldn’t imagine quitting.
“I am proud of what I am. I am proud of what I do.”
Since James Clerk Maxwell took the world’s first color photograph in 1861, photographers have obsessed over the artistic opportunities color offers, especially it’s ability to imbue emotion. But using color effectively, in a way that services the story, is not as simple as finding and saturating a vivid color, as we all learned this semester. This year’s Color of Life shootout winners are:
On November 11, the nation acknowledges the contributions of all peacetime and wartime veterans, who risk their lives in the name of national security. Here are the winners from this years Veterans Day shootout: