As part of USA TODAY’s decade in review all of us staff photojournalists were given the opportunity to share some of our work and thoughts on the biggest news stories of the decade. I also got to share a little bit more about myself and my purpose in storytelling. Click on the picture above or follow this link to view our decade in review.
I recently received quite a unique invitation. I was asked to be a faculty lecturer at the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference held near Dallas, TX in March 2010. I will be on faculty for the workshop on Friday as well as give a lecture to around 150 photojournalists during the three-day conference.
I attended this conference in 2004 and 2005 and was totally encouraged by the faculty, challenged by the portfolio critiques, and most importantly made friends around the country which I still have today. I’m really looking forward to seeing Gary, Louis, Chris, and the list continues!
What an honor to share the lectern with the outstanding freelance photographer Dave Black (who was on faculty when I was starting my career in 2oo5 as well as my new friend and humanitarian documentary photographer Esther Havens. I am so looking forward to the opportunity to speak into the lives of visual storytellers who “believe photojournalism is a calling and the act of bearing witness to be important.” – SWPJC home page
I recently spent 15-hours in the ER.
Fear not, I did not arrive by helicopter or ambulance this time, instead I walked in with my own two feet around 6 a.m. one day late August to work on a story at the University of Virgina Medical Center. That day on the front lines of our health care system was eye opening. I had the opportunity to shadow some really passionate doctors, nurses, and residents as well as experience life and nearly death.
At USA TODAY we wanted to take a look at the health care system through the lens of the ER by spending 24 hours straight in it. Five reporters, three editors, and two visual journalists like myself took on this task. I teamed up with my friend who also happens to be one of my favorite visual journalists at the paper, Thad Allender to tell the story visually with photographs and video. We took many photographs, each shot around five-hours of footage during our long shifts, asked a lot of people to wear wireless microphones, interviewed a lot people, saw the helicopter medivac (PEGASUS) deliver many people, and wwer reminded how precious & fragile life is. The final product was a front page story that ran today with lots of photos inside on pages 4 & 5, a video series with four chapters, and an online photo gallery.
Garrett Hubbard is a visual storyteller. He utilizes both video & still photography to connect his clients with their audience. He has spent the past four years with USA TODAY—taking him to the White House, the Olympics, The Royal Wedding, and many other places around the world.
Garrett is thankful for the trust he receives from those who invite him to tell their stories and is grateful for mentors and friends who have invested in his life story.