Deanne began her career as a staff photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle, and her incredible images have appeared in an array of top publications ranging from National Geographic to Sports Illustrated. Deanne’s dedication, compassion, and courage to completing emotionally and photographically challenging assignments that have taken her to dangerous regions across the globe is an inspiration to all aspiring photojournalists. In this segment of our Trailblazers series Mia McCormick sits down with Deanne to discuss topics ranging from how she got started in photography to how she deals with the obstacles that arise when trying to tell compelling human interest stories, and from how she handles the emotional and physical challenges that can accompany the act of storytelling to the importance of covering the lows as well as the high moments in the arc of a story.
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With plans on becoming an artist Deanne took a photojournalism class that set her off on the path to photographic storytelling.
As a photojournalist it is all about getting the images that help tell the story. Having a mix of confidence, optimism, and perseverance can help overcome the obstacles that come up in any assignment.
Covering the stories of people in life threatening situations present both physical and emotional challenges for the people who tell those stories through pictures and words.
When telling a story it is easy to capture the high moments, but it is much more difficult to pick up the camera when faced with the low moments, but those are just as essential to telling the full arc of the story.
Deanne Fitzmaurice is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, based in San Francisco, California, and specializing in reportage stills and motion. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Time Magazine, ESPN…