Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Grunfeld began his pursuit of photojournalism at Syracuse University, covering basketball and football for student newspaper The Daily Orange as well as other topics for the school magazine. Today, that lineage continues in crisp and clear fashion on the front page of The Times-Picayune with Grunfeld’s shot of NBA All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis.
As Grunfeld told his paper a few years ago, his interest in photography started at an early age and got a nice organizational assist:
“When I was in the 8th grade living in a small town in upstate New York, we got three newspapers at home every day. One was the Ithaca Journal. They had a great photo staff run by a guy named John Metzger. They took beautiful photographs of everyday life. I’m from a small town and I loved those photos. I wanted to learn how to shoot photos like John Metzger.”
“This is way before the internet, but I found out about the National Press Photographers Association. I was only a kid, but they let me join, and right away I see that John Metzger is winning all of these NPPA awards. His parents bought him a Minolta SRT 101 camera and for 13th birthday they gave him a darkroom setup. It was the start of his career.”
In 2006, Grunfeld collected from the NPPA the Clifton Edom Award for his coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Another of Grunfeld’s most memorable photos is one of an SU cheerleader reacting Dec. 21, 1988 to the downing of a plane over Lockerbie, Scotland and death of dozens of school students. At the time, Grunfeld was stringing for UPI.
Metzger passed away in 2005.
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