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Jay Dickman: The camera is his passport
All photos by Jay Dickman unless otherwise indicated.
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jay Dickman has covered assignments internationally as a photojournalist for the Times-Herald in Dallas, Texas, and as a contributor to National Geographic, as well as shooting for most of the Day in the Life books. He’s covered events as diverse as “the war in El Salvador, the Olympics, six Super Bowls, and the 40th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.” His work has appeared in magazines such as Life, Time, and Conde Nast Traveler, and his corporate clients include EDS, Hewlett-Packard and Nike.
Climbing the Ladder
After a couple of years, he moved
on and became a photographer for the Metro Sports Agency in Dallas. “I
was paid $5 a game,” he laughs. Not one to let grass grow under his feet,
Dickman made the rounds of local photographers and asked if he could work for
them. This way, he “built his book” for future jobs.
It was the early ’70s, and
all newspaper photos were shot in black-and-white. Dickman hand-metered his
images and did his own darkroom work. Eventually, he began traveling to to cover
major news events, and became a member of the National Press Photographers Association.
In 1979, a woman who Dickman would eventually marry was hired as a lab tech
at the Times-Herald. She eventually became a photographer in her own right,
and quit her job at the newspaper in the early ’80s before the couple
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