Craig Ruttle has been working as a staff and freelance photojournalist for over three decades, covering local, national and international events and stories. Currently based in New York, he focuses on issues reporting and political news, also traveling throughout the United States and beyond to reflect on the events that shape our lives. Working not only as a photographer, but as a photo editor and Assistant Director of Photographer at the Cincinnati Enquirer, and as freelance photo editor at Newsweek, Mr. Ruttle has a broad understanding of the needs of today’s photojournalist as well as the editors he works with. Starting a career at a time when the working medium was mostly black and white film, he embraced digital technologies in the late 1990’s and guided other staff photographers (while staying in contact with camera providers and manufacturers) as the transition from film to digital imaging took place. Assignments have taken him from the small towns of New York State and the Midwest, to coverage of a shattering earthquake in Haiti, a tsunami in South Asia and a still evolving refugee migration along the Syrian border in Turkey. Craig currently works with The Associated Press, Newsday, various other newspapers, magazines, and websites, along with an affiliation as a stock contributor to Redux Pictures, working to create self-assigned, expanded stories that transcend daily news coverage.
During a Photo Brigade monthly meet up, Craig Ruttle, who has worked as a photographer, editor, manager and again a freelance photographer, speaks about his career path, the changes in photojournalism, and how he has used this experience to navigate an at times difficult world of the modern visual journalist. Craig, despite sweeping changes in how we work as modern photojournalists, still believes, no matter what the medium, the image matters most. Watch his presentation and subscribe to our YouTube channel to see all of our new videos!
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