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Scout Tufankjian’s book signing: YES WE CAN: Obama’s History-Making Campaign

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Originally posted 3/16/2009

Well, I’m not usually an easy mark, but a PBS interview inspired me to run out and buy a book.  
 
Scout Tufankjian with Yes We Can  
 
Just after inauguration in January, Charlie Rose interviewed photographer Scout Tufankjian. She recounted how, in December 2006, her agent asked her to cover an event in New Hampshire. She had been looking forward to a date that night and didn’t want to drive five hours to cover a book signing for some junior senator from Illinois. She did go. It was life changing.

Scout Tufankjian's slide show from her book on Obama's campaign

That night Scout saw people’s reaction to Obama. He hadn’t yet declared his candidacy, but Tufankjian saw what was possible and made the decision to follow Obama through his campaign. The result was the book YES WE CAN: Barack Obama’s History-Making Presidential Campaign.

Unify Us Obama

Yesterday Scout had a book signing for YES WE CAN at Book Passage in Corte Madera. She and her book did not disappoint. Scout’s images of the Obama campaign cover a span from intimate to grand. She is a Yale political science graduate, bright, articulate. Her text sets the stage at the beginning of each of ten sections in the book. Her photos add a unique view of Obama campaigning, and what you haven’t seen so much in the press, she shows the emotions of the people who came to watch Obama.

Scout Tufankjian chats with Marin photographer Carol Santos at B Scout Tufankjian sign's Yes We Can for Obama admirer.
Scout Tufankjian visits with Marin photographer, Carol Santos and then goes on to sign a pile of her books for Book Passage in Corte Madera.

Barack Obama's December 2006 New Hampshire book signing. Scout Tufankjian signing Yes We Can
Scout Tufankjian’s image of Barack Obama signing a copy of The Audacity of Hope in December 2006 and my image of Scout signing Yes We Can at Book Passage in March 2009.



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March 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Scout Tufankjian’s advice to aspiring photojournalists

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Originally posted 3/16/2009

During Q & A at Scout Tufankjian’Book Passage book signing for her book YES WE CAN, which contains compelling photos from Barack Obama’s campaign, she was asked what advice she had for aspiring young photojournalists. She agreed, yes it’s tough out there now but …     

  • Be pushy!
  • Make cold calls at newspapers. As a freelancer, they have nothing to loose with you. 
  • Make them give you a freelance assignment. Just don’t screw it up.
  • Shoot. Shoot. Shoot.

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March 17, 2009 at 11:09 am

Scout Tufankjian’s favorite Nikon lenses

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Originally posted 3/16/2009

Scout Tufankjian - Go Obama, Yes We Can!

At the book signing for her book YES WE CAN at Book Passage yesterday Scout Tufankjian, was asked about her choice of lenses. She uses only prime lenses. Her favorite is Nikon’s 85 1.4. A great portrait lens, she says. She recently got their 50 1.4. “I love it. It’sgorgeous. It’s sharp as heck.”


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March 17, 2009 at 10:55 am

Lucky Gabriel!

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Originally posted on 3/14/2009

Mary Beth was in my studio last night during San Rafael’s monthly Art Walk. She was showing her son Gabriel images I had made in Europe as a teenager.

Joy!
My grandmother feeding pigeons in Venice’s Piazza San Marco taken with a Kodak Baby Brownie. I remember thinking, “What a fool she is making of herself!”, but then, what do teen-agers know?

Mary Beth reminded me that the last time she visited my studio, I shared my experience of working with the photos on my computer, when suddenly detailed memories of the trip, buried in deep reaches of my brain, came rushing back. We talked about the value of early experiences and of memory-jogging photos. What is “early”? I was eighteen when my grandmother shared places she loved in Europe and North Africa.

Then Mary Beth told me her big news. She had just made reservations for a week in Paris. In June, in Paris … Gabriel will have just turned ten. Lucky Gabriel!

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March 17, 2009 at 2:52 am

S.J. State journalism students’ Civil Rights path to Inauguration

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Originally posted on 3/13/2009

Paradise and Reality

For years my picture making was a visual effort to make my world right, to make “pretty pictures”. Don’t get me wrong, we all have some need to create our own visions of paradise. However, nearly three years ago, I began to have an urge to photograph a more active, vital world through photojournalism.    
  
Photonite at Exposure Gallery in San Francisco

San Francisco Press Photographers Association’s monthly Photonite at Exposure Gallery gives PJ students, young, and (in my case) older, a chance to meet and see the work of some titans in the field. At one of the first Photonites I attended, newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner, Renée Byer, Sacramento Bee photographer, shared her photos and experiences making the heart rending documentary of a young boy dying of cancer.

Professor Cheers takes San Jose State journalism students on an assignment of a lifetime

Last night at Photonite, Professor Michael Cheers and three of his photojournalism students from San Jose State’s Journalism Department treated us to work from their project, “44 Years to the 44th President: Connecting Our Past to America’s Historic Future.” Dr. Cheers and ten of his students made a 10-day journey through the Civil Rights South documenting seminal people and places involved in the movement. CNN aired some of the stories they produced. The Inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington D.C. was the high point for the students which I think is exemplified by the intimacy of the work of Derek Sijder, staff photographer for San Jose State’s Spartan Daily newspaper.

 

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March 17, 2009 at 2:42 am

Fluff Muffin

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Originally posted 3/11/2009

Fluff Muffin

Three new images in today’s postings, “Fluff Muffin” and the next two are available as notecards or prints in my studio. I’m a cat person and think Fluff is, what can I say, the cat’s meow!

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March 17, 2009 at 2:31 am

Meditation

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Originally posted 3/11/2009

Meditation

“Meditation” – a new twist on my door series! Come see them all in my studio at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael.

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March 17, 2009 at 2:20 am

Soulful Sink

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Originally posted 3/11/2009

Soulful Sink, beautifully handcrafted, a treat for the eyes and the soul.

“Soulful Sink”, beautifully hand-crafted, a treat for the eyes and the soul.

 

 


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March 17, 2009 at 2:08 am