James Estrin is a senior staff photographer and co-editor of the New York Times LENS Blog. With spirituality often being an underlying force in his photography, he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for the series “How Race is Lived in America.” In 2004, he was the first journalist to photograph an assisted suicide in Oregon, an event which he documented through articles, photographs and an audio slide show. Internationally, he has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict several times and chronicled the journey of Mexican immigrants who shuttle between their lives in the United States and Mexico.
On this episode I chat with my friend, the Pulitzer prize-winning, veteran staff photographer for the New York Times, James Estrin. He’s a mentor to many, including myself ever since my first day as an intern at the New York Times in 2005. He’s also co-editor and co-founder of the Times’ LENS Blog, a hugely popular photography blog sharing the work of photographic legends, newcomers, and all those in-between. We talk about how the LENS Blog came to exist and how James’s daily life has changed from shooting full-time, to splitting his time between shooting, editing, and even writing content for LENS. We also chat about his background, how he got his position at the NY Times in the early-80’s after freelancing for a number of years, portfolio reviews, photo contests, ethics of digital manipulation, the use of Instagram and Social Media, and he gives his advice to photographers looking to follow in his footsteps. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast.