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April 19, 2013


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patrick murphy-racey

Preach it Ken!!!! pm-r :):):)

JF Martin

Good take on it all. One note - get your commas inside those quotation marks! <“Good for you girl,”> not <“good for you girl”,>

Emphasize the J in PJ!

Lori Triba

I'm confused as to why the other 2 police officers in the photo were not cited in your 2nd paragraph as reacting in a professional manner. I realize you said in the first paragraph "In this image I see evidence of two people IN PARTICULAR) *bold mine* reacting to an unexpected attack, an atrocity, in a professional manner.", however, the omission from them in the 2nd paragraph makes one wonder if you believe the omitted two were doing something unprofessional.

Ken Jarecke


I'm not sure if I understand the reason for your confusion. I think you may have answered your own question when you quoted my post.

What I'm saying is the photo shows evidence of two particular people doing their job in a professional manner in a stressful situation. The police officer with her weapon drawn is showing the results of her training, when in a stressful situation she keeps her trigger finger outside of the trigger guard where it is suppose to be. The photographer who made the photograph is also showing the results of his training and experience, as he actually made the photograph while under similar stress. Knowing what to do is different from actually doing it when the adrenalin is flowing.

I'm commenting on what the photograph shows. I'm sure the other two (actually three) police officers are just as professional, but I'm not sure if this photograph really highlights this or not.

I hope this answers your question.

Thank you,


Chris Bernstein

Interesting testament to the ripening old age of digital social media, and the state of photojournalism. I first saw this image, UNCREDITED, on Facebook! Because of it's appearance, uncredited on FB, and in spite of it's obvious iconic magnitude, I falsely assumed it was possibly an image from an amateur or non-professional, (being as there are so many, far out numbering the professionals at any public event today) that snapped, excuse the expression, a lucky shot. Before I knew who took it, I likened the image to that Of Eisenstaedt's VJ Day image from Times Square. Two days later I traced a link from my NPPA mailing to discover that it was the work of a committed veteran of photojournalism. An acquaintance whom I had proudly worked events with in the past and know professionally. I felt pride in knowing him, and glad for him, being safe, and delivering grace under fire. John Tlumacki is deserving of a Pulitzer prize and that is no accident. It is the result of a lifetime of hard work, sacrifice, and commitment to a profession that has and will continue to recreate itself and adapt to our rapidly changing world. Sadly, there is no LIFE Magazine cover, photo essay, telling the story of the unfolding inhumanities of our times. But, even as Richard B. Stolley would have to agree upon, I point out there is a cover and a sellout shelf still allocated to the celebrity scandal. For the most part, the public get's what it is willing to pay for in terms of photojournalism. I question which will sell more copies, a tribute to, "Remember the Marathon", or SI Swimsuits?


Thanks Ken.

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