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Shot seen round the world

In Photography on 16 Dec 2010 at 5:42 pm

Let’s hear it for Matt Dunham of the Associated Press.

You have probably already seen the photo at the top of this post. It was shot at dusk one day last week, as an angry mob moved through the streets of London. (Students and others upset with the British government’s plan to raise tuition had been involved in a day of protest that turned riotous as night fell.)

As Dunham tells the Guardian newspaper, he stumbled onto a royal limo in the midst of the mayhem.

Actually, Dunham was being humble. He put himself in position to get the shot seen round the world – it was on the front page of both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal the next day – through hard work, intuition and his own savvy…

Perhaps the most important thing he did was get back to the office in time to make sure the shot would make the morning papers. That’s no accident, just as it was no accident that he had the presence of mind to turn the flash back on right before he took the shot. He was clear-headed throughout. He made the right decision to follow the more violent splinter group, he took measures to protect himself, and he knew instantly that the limo was worth a look.

I guess that’s the takeaway, if you ever find yourself in a similar position, keep your wits about you, make sure you get the shot and get back to the office with it, and above all, stay safe out there.



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