Inside Media: Celebrate FotoWeek DC with Ken Geiger

November 16, 2008

Guest: Ken Geiger

Beauty, emotion and composition are the three basic elements of a good photograph, said Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Ken Geiger.

He is current senior editor for technology at National Geographic magazine and believes photography is subjective. Sometimes a good image is determined by what the photographer likes. "There are rules, but rules are meant to be broken," he said.

Geiger’s photo of the women’s Nigerian relay team celebrating at the 1992 Olympics won the Pulitzer while he was at The Dallas Morning News. He discussed covering the Olympics, the advantages of digital photography and the lasting power of a still image during FotoWeek DC, the first weeklong celebration of photography in the nation’s capital.

His photo assignments have included war in Burma and Bosnia, terrorism in the Punjab, the 1990 post-Sandanista election in Nicaragua, numerous political conventions and four Olympic Games.

A year ago, Geiger, who hosts National Geographic’s digital photography blog, shot stunning new photos of Stonehenge for the magazine’s June cover story.

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