Robert Caplin hails from Athens, Ohio where he not only got his start in life, but also began his career in photojournalism. He’s a regular contributor to The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal and his images have been published in National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, TIME, and Newsweek. His work has taken him all over the world and allowed him to explore a vast array of genres and subjects. This Thursday, September 12 Robert will be joining us at Adorama to discuss his experience transitioning to a digital rangefinder system over the past couple of years. Here Robert gives us a glimpse of his life as a freelance photojournalist.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about your career to date? What inspired you to pursue photography?
A: First, let me say thank you for the honor of featuring me on your blog!
My career as a photographer has transitioned dramatically since I began in high school working for my hometown newspaper, The Athens Messenger. I started working for the Messenger in a senior mentorship program offered by my high school. I progressed from mixing chemicals to shooting an occasional assignment. That led to applying for the Ohio University School of Visual Communication‘s photojournalism sequence, which was conveniently located in my hometown of Athens, Ohio. Throughout college I continued working for local newspapers in the region. Throughout my tenure at VisCom, I interned at various newspapers including The Columbus Dispatch, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.
After my internship at The New York Times I decided to hit the ground running by staying in New York City and starting a freelance career. I was fortunate to have made some great contacts in the industry through internships/workshops and let everyone know where I’d landed. Early on as a freelancer I juggled assignments from The New York Times and many other national and international newspapers, magazines and wire services, shooting just about everything you can imagine — breaking news, politics, major sporting events, features, and general documentary. For about six months in 2010 I took a break from newspaper photography and worked on a documentary project of Justin Bieber. I approached Bieber with the idea after meeting him through a New York Times assignment. The project involved shadowing him for a subsequent book published by HarperCollins about the young pop star’s rise to fame. Additional documentary video footage I made later turned into his blockbuster movie produced by Paramount Pictures called “Never Say Never”.
Over the eight years I’ve been freelancing in NYC, I’ve picked up new clients both editorially and commercially along the way. More recently I’m in a bit of transition, as I’ve found my true passion in travel and documentary photography. I’ve been striving to shift my career path into one that involves more world travel and simply finding opportunity where life takes me.
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You can connect with Robert through his personal website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and The Photo Brigade. Robert will be speaking at Adorama in New York City this Thursday, September 12 as part of a special event with Leica and Gitzo. For more information and registration, click here.