In my photojournalism class we talked about a freelance photographer for National Geographic named Joel Sartore.
Sartore worked on a project about the great state of Nebraska in 1996, in 1998 National Geographic published the piece.
The interesting thing about working for National Geographic, I thought, is that the photographers go first.
What I mean is that in news papers the reporter goes out and gets the story and then the photographer is told what to shoot accordingly.
At National Geographic, photographers go out and find the things to shoot.
About half way through they go to what is called a Halfway Show, where the photographer comes in and shows the editor and the rest of the team at the magazine what they have been working on and then the rest begins.
During his time in Nebraska, Sartore spent about 40 percent of his time on research alone. He found teenagers working in the corn fields, demolition derbis’ and went to the Pioneer Day parade.
After his pictures were put out in the magazine National Geographic decided to make them into a book, later he had another set of pictures made into a book about endangered species.