Last week, American Ryan Kelly won the Pulitzer Prize in the category “News Photo”, a bit earlier – a prize winner of the prestigious photojournalism contest World Press Photo. In both cases, a shot was taken to him from a photograph taken last August during protests in Charlottesville, Virginia: then a car entered the crowd of demonstrators at high speed.
Kelly’s special victory is made by the fact that for about 8 months he has not been working as a photographer. The daily press photographer of the newspaper The Daily Progress, he replaced with the duties of social networking manager in one of the breweries in the city of Richmond.
Credit: Ryan Kelly
As he writes Newsweek, photo, which brought Kelly several prestigious awards, he did on his last day in The Daily Progress: at that time, Ryan had already written a letter of resignation and was preparing to change his profession. “Little money, lots of work, huge stress,” explains the reasons for his departure from Kelly’s photo.
He notes: “My story is the same as the stories of many others: for all my love for journalism and the newspaper where I worked, in four years I just faded. Low wages, work at night and weekends – all this influenced my decision. I did not even see my wife very often. So we had to start looking for some opportunities in another sphere. “
“This is a crisis. If you look at who worked for The Daily Progress last summer and who works now, you will understand: almost half of journalists and editors resigned. Yes, some still stayed in the profession, but others left journalism, “says the Pulitzer Prize winner. “I have no idea how to change this, given the financial situation.” I’m scared to think about it. “
Kelly added that from time to time he still continues to shoot as a freelancer. However, he does not intend to return to work as a photojournalist.