One of the most compelling presenters at the conference was Ted Jackson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist from the New Orleans Times-Picayune who prefers to be known simply as a journalist.
Jackson’s riveting account of covering Hurricane Katrina left many of us in tears. The backstory to the photo below went like this: He was on the end of a bridge overlooking the people standing on porch railings of their flooded house. As he took photos, a man yelled at him to stop. “This is an important moment, and the people of the world need to see this,” he said.
Then women asked for his help. They wanted to have the little girl cling to a log, which they intended to push through the water towards him so she could be saved. But Jackson said he knew the current would just carry her away before the log could reach him. So he said no. Eventually help arrived, and all of them were saved. But Jackson didn’t know that until one year later when the Times-Picayune did an anniversary special on Katrina. He found the family in a Houston shelter. They were happy to see him because they wanted to see the pictures he’d shot of them. “We need them for our family history,” they said.
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