June 29, 1995 |
Although for years I favored cameras in courtrooms, I have concluded that the issue needs a lot more thought than people in my profession have been willing to give it. The old argument went something like this: We TV journalists are no different from print journalists, and it's high time the Fourth Estate stopped treating us like second-class citizens. Television's position in journalism is no longer an issue. When we first fought that battle, we suffered from an inferiority complex.
May 13, 1998 |
Willie Edwin Turner Jr., a truck driver who never walked out of his house or climbed into his 18-wheeler without a camera slung over his shoulder, died Thursday. He was 61 and lived in West Philadelphia. Turner was a truck driver for Acme Markets for 30 years before retiring last month. It was the only job he ever had in Philadelphia after moving here in 1968 from his home in Palmetto, Fla. Besides bringing his growing family, Turner brought his cameras. "No matter where he went, he had his camera," said a daughter, Cynthia Newsome.
April 3, 2009
FROM ALLEGATIONS that drug cops raided corner stores and bodegas, as highlighted by the Daily News "Tainted Justice" series, has emerged the disturbing image of cops clipping wires of store security cameras so their actions would go unwitnessed and unchecked. Reports that after the cameras were disabled, police looted the stores, taking money and merchandise, conjures a chilling image of a police state, where chaos and vigilante justice reign. Unfortunately, the camera blackout is a too-literal metaphor for the Philadelphia Police Department when it comes to oversight and accountability: For too long, the department has operated camera-less: in too much darkness, with no effective eyes that can shed light on its operations.
September 2, 2012 |
Ron Howard will be working all weekend to capture the chaos on the Parkway. The Oscar-winning director has seven crews on-site shooting footage for a film of the festival to be released in 2013. Eight, if you count the back-up camera he's lugging around. "I'm actually shooting. That's the potluck camera," he says, laughing heartily on the phone Friday night. At the news conference last week announcing the venture, Howard declared: "This will not be a concert film. " But, as he explains, that statement was simply an alibi.
September 6, 1988 |
Pulse pounding, Al Francis rushed his granddaughter into the house, raced back to the patio, looked through the viewfinder and began shooting. Without premeditation, without really aiming, within a matter of seconds, it was over. All he could see now was the smoke curling into the California sky. Only when it cleared did he learn he had videotaped the death dive of an Aeromexico airliner over Cerritos, Calif., another horrifying image captured by an amateur with a home video camera.
May 24, 1988 |
It used to be a tough proposition getting camera-shy people to do more than wave for a silent-movie camera operator. Nowadays, in this age of electronic sight and sound recording, it's not uncommon for normally animated people to freeze and clam up as soon as someone points a video-camcorder in their direction. And doesn't that annoying occurrence make you wonder why you blew $1,000 for that fancy-schmancy video machine? Born from such frustration - and his contemplation of 2 million camcorder sales in the United States this year alone - Toms River, N.J., camcorder owner John Marco has come up with a clever way to enliven home video shoots.
April 29, 1993 |
The first president to grow up in the age of television knew just what to do when 40 children arrived at the White House for a live televised session. Bill Clinton looked them straight in the eye, ignored the camera, and answered each child's question so personally that it seemed they were the only two people in the world. When a Florida teen said she was a recovering addict and asked what Clinton would do about drugs, he had a policy answer. But first, he said, "You're a brave girl and I'm glad you're here.
January 16, 1994 |
Paul Miller likes red. It shows in the photographs he takes. His photographs include Red Pepper taken in 1985; Red Boat, 1990; Red Vase, 1991, and the red lips in the photo, Modern Fountain, 1990. These photographs are included in Miller's first solo exhibit at the Franklin Mint, where he is a senior photographer. The show, "People, Places and Things," which opened Tuesday in the mint's museum, contains more than 40 photographs taken by Miller over the last 11 years. On view until Feb. 20, the display includes candid shots of people, including Pee-Wee Herman in a parade at Harvard University.
February 23, 1992 |
It was the Olympics of obscure heroes who roared onto medals podiums with smiles and tears that pinched the throat. It was the Olympics of figure- skating shootouts where the tension was so great, it seemed inhuman. It was the Olympics of the mountains where skiers led with their hearts. It was one of the most picturesque Games ever held, one of the calmest, one of the least politicized. And it was, perhaps more than any other sporting spectacle you have seen, the Games of the Camera.