Hello everybody. Thanks for stopping by.
I am Phil Carpenter, a photo and video journalist at The Gazette, an English language daily in Montreal. I started in this the business in 1995, with a background in film and TV studies (Communication Studies) at Concordia University in Montreal. During my last year at school I began freelancing as a photojournalist for The Gazette. Years later, I was hired on staff.
Now after so many years working as a still photojournalist, I’ve come full circle shooting video stories as well for my paper. I am inspired by some excellent work that I’ve seen online. There is so much that I have to learn and relearn, which is why I’ve started this blog to exchange ideas, debate and discuss issues about this medium that concerns us all. I look forward to the challenge.
There has been much hand wringing about the death of photojournalism in this the new age of video journalism, in the traditional print media. I say bring it on, because it isn’t the death of photojournalism at all. Rather I think it’s a new tool in our kit that is breathing new life in the craft. For that I say hurrah!!
Below is a link to a project called Life Stories, that I’m doing for The Gazette. It’s a series of video stories on the lives of ordinary people. Would love your feedback, including criticism.