Todd Maisel, award winner photographer of the New York Daily News, visits York College on March 21, 2013. He gave a speech to the journalism students about his experience as photojournalist and tips in how to take good spot news pictures.
He has been a spot news photographer for over 28 years and has won numerous awards for his work in photography. According to the NY Daily News he was co-chair of the Witness to Tragedy and Recovery 9-11 Memorial Program at Pace University. He also won a Humanitarian Award during the 9-11 incident by saving the life a fire fighter during the collapse of one of the towers.
During his speech he showed the journalism student’s pictures of natural disasters like hurricane Sandy, 9-11, and the earth quake in Haiti. One of the biggest tragedies he has experience was the attacks of 9-11 back in 2001.
“The first thing that is affecting you is the looks on people’s faces, you are focusing in on that and you don’t have to see their bodies to know that there are horrible things going on,” said Todd Maisel.
In the 9-11 tragedy there was a lot of things that he couldn’t believe that were really happening. One of the things that he saw was a body dropping on a firefighter, when he though it was pieces of airplane falling down. 9-11 affected him so much that he suffered from post dramatic stress disorder and told the class that he had horrible nightmares and couldn’t sleep well.
But 9-11 wasn’t the only tragedy that he had deal with, the earth quake in Haiti also made a big impression in his life. “The happiest moment I had in Haiti was when I saw one person alive, which made my day.” Said Maisel while he showed the class the picture he captured of this great moment.
Todd Maisel did not only come to York College to show photos he’s capture. He gave good advice to the students who want to become journalist and proved why being a photojournalist is his passion.