As 2012 comes to a close, Soledad O'Brien sits down with Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images, to take a closer look at the best photographs of 2012.
"You don't need the explosions, you don't need the guns and you can get that message across," Klein says, explaining that some of the most powerful stills are not those that depict violence, but rather those that show a personal moment.
"People always say, "what's an iconic photo?" And an iconic photo is something that absolutely captures the moment," he adds. "When we think back to major events during our lives, either events of a human scale with family, close human scale or those big historic events, it tends to be a picture in our minds and there's something about that photo, which makes it iconic. You can break it down technically, you can say it's the composition or the lighting, but it's what it makes you feel."
During his five-decade career, photographer Steve Schapiro likes to say he has photographed everything from presidents to poodles. Schapiro has captured the special moments of rock stars, film stars and politicians of the 60's and '70's as well as photos of migrant workers and the Selma March with Martin Luther King. In his new photobook "Then and Now" Schapiro compiles some of his best and most iconic images. The book contains more than 170 photos – some of which have never been published before. He joins “Stating Point” this morning to discuss some of his most iconic photos and his new book.
Schapiro says it has always interested him, “to capture all the different elements that make up our country.” He tells the story behind him capturing an iconic photo of Actor Marlon Brando when he was hired to photograph “The Godfather.” Schapiro says, “Brando let me photograph his makeup session… and in the middle of it he just gave me this wonderful look which luckily I caught.” Reminiscing on a picture he took of Actor Dustin Hoffman leaping in a narrow hallway he says, “[Dustin] is a delight. He is a delight on and off camera. He just has such spirit and you know such wonderful feeling and humor all the time…This was just a moment after they had been feeling and it just was a spontaneous event.”
Schapiro admits that he always wanted to be a “Life Magazine” photographer and “one of the things that interested [him] was the migrant worker situation in America.” He talks about his very first story where he spent four weeks documenting the lives of the migrant workers through his photos and an essay and reflects on one particular photo of a cabin wall where a child once wrote “I love anybody who loves me.”
The 2012 Olympic games will kick of next month in London and they will be photographed in ways you have never seen before.
Getty Images, which is the official agency of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is deploying some new gadgets to capture the games in 3D for the very first time. Photographers will also use time-lapse technology as well as flying, remote controlled cameras to capture every moment.
Jonathan Klein, co-founder and the CEO of Getty Images, walks Soledad and the "Starting Point" team through the technology behind the new gadgets and strategies for capturing memorable images at this year's London Olympics.
When Ethan Russell was 21 years old, he began photographing some of the biggest legends of rock and roll. He shot album covers for the The Rolling Stones, The Who and more. He's the only photographer to do all three.
Russell witnessed history unfold behind-the-scenes with these icons and now that history is documented in his new e-book "An American Story: It's Your History, Help Write It." It's interactive, with 250 photographs from many of the most famous groups of musicians of the '60s and '70s, and many photos have never been seen before.
Russell talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" about his amazing experience talking with the legends of rock, and explains how he fell into the job even though he wasn't a professional photographer.