The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics were a visual feast. It not only featured the best athletes in the world, but also the best photographers. Just as talented, just as competitive, just as accomplished. Moderated by Brad Smith, former Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated, listen to what David Burnett (Contact Press), Jed Jacobsohn (The Players’ Tribune), Doug Mills (New York Times), and Anthony Edgar (International Olympic Committee) have to say about covering the largest sporing event in the world.
About the panelists:
David Burnett is a photojournalist with more than 5 decades of work covering the news, the people, and visual tempo of our age. He is co-founder of Contact Press Images,the New York based photojournalism agency, now entering its 40th year. In a recent issue of American Photo magazine Burnett was named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography.”
Jed Jacobsohn is a photographer and visual storyteller. Whether it is at a sold out event or one on one with an athlete, Jed Jacobsohn has a diverse range of experience in creating iconic, quality sports photography for both commercial and editorial clients. His work has appeared in major publications around the world, including the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Time magazine as well as for commercial clients such as Nike, Unilever and Apple. His work has been awarded top prizes in many prestigious contests such as World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year. When he’s not dodging athletes either on set or at the stadium, he’s most likely teaching his two kids how to throw a two-seam fastball. He’s based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Doug Mills is a staff photographer with the New York Times based in Washington DC predominantly covering politics and sports. Prior to the New York Times, Doug worked for years covering news and sports for the Associated Press.
Anthony Edgar is the Head of Media Operations for the IOC and is responsible for the planning, management and delivery of the facilities and services for the media at the Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games, Youth Olympic Games and IOC Sessions. He’s also the Head of Olympic Information Service for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Head of Youth Information Service for the Youth Olympic Games and Head of IOC Young Reporters Programme.
About the moderator:
Brad Smith is the former Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated and Sports Photo Editor for The New York Times for 12 years. Before that, he was the Assistant Director of Photography and Photo Editor for the White House during the Clinton Administration. He also worked at Sygma Photo News and the National Audubon Association. He is a guest lecturer at the School of Visual Arts Masters in Photography program. He is on the faculty for Fotofusion and the Rich Clarkson Sports Photo Workshop. He’s also on the faculty for the Eddie Adams Workshop, as well as being on the Board of Directors. Most recent awards were placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Sports Story Editing for this year’s POY (along with Becky Lebowitz of the NY Times). He’s been an onsite Editor for 7 Olympics, 14 Super Bowls and more NBA, NHL and World Series games than he can count. He’s a proud Florida Gator, and he lives in Suffern, NY.