Protesters are arrested by Durham Police after disobeying commands to disperse. Protesters blocked traffic at Main and Great Jones Streets for hours to demand that the fast food industry increase minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 in Durham, N.C. From recent stories for MSNBC.com about fast food strikes in Raleigh and Durham, N.C.

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Akayla Cuffie of Raleigh, from recent stories for MSNBC.com about fast food strikes in Raleigh and Durham, N.C.

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“…it is not a question of differentiating between a mirror and a window upon the world — the successful photograph by the serious quiet photographer is most likely to be a complicated amalgam of mirror and window, an ineffable struggle between subjectivity and objectivity. Like anyone else wrestling with this tricky medium, the quiet photographer is totally assured of the fact that a “simple,” “straightforward” act of recording is anything but.”

Without Author or Art: The “Quiet” Photograph

The Pleasures of Good Photographs, Essays by Gerry Badger

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The lively shot above is one of Sam Dean’s favourite shots. As our Photographer Spotlight of the week, we’ll be featuring one of his favourite shots everyday.

This is one of Sam’s favourites because:

"This is an example of catching an offbeat moment from a staged production. Everything was going wrong at this tourism shoot. The idea revolved around a family that is touring a corn maze, but when we went out there, there were far too many regular Joes. It was hard to keep them out of our production area, but we worked quickly and were able to get an image the client liked."

We asked Sam where he looks for inspiration.

"My early work was very much impacted by the photojournalist, Alex Webb.  I still really like his use of color and shape.  These days, I cruise Tumblr or Instagram, usually looking for outdoor adventure lifestyle images that inspire me. It’s amazing how many great photographers there are out there I’ve never heard of."

See you tomorrow for another one of Sam’s favourite images! 

Want to see more of Sam’s amazing pictures? Click to view his portfolio.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education recently commissioned me to illustrate a story about the ongoing UNC academic scandal. It was fun challenge to translate the scene at UNC into a picture that captured a mood.All images (c) 2014 Justin Cook Documentary Photography, INC. All rights reserved. No reproduction without permission. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently commissioned me to illustrate a story about the ongoing UNC academic scandal. It was fun challenge to translate the scene at UNC into a picture that captured a mood.All images (c) 2014 Justin Cook Documentary Photography, INC. All rights reserved. No reproduction without permission.


The Chronicle of Higher Education recently commissioned me to illustrate a story about the ongoing UNC academic scandal. It was fun challenge to translate the scene at UNC into a picture that captured a mood.

All images (c) 2014 Justin Cook Documentary Photography, INC. All rights reserved. No reproduction without permission.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently commissioned me to illustrate a story about the ongoing UNC academic scandal. It was fun challenge to translate the scene at UNC into a picture that captured a mood.All images (c) 2014 Justin Cook Documentary Photography, INC. All rights reserved. No reproduction without permission. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently commissioned me to illustrate a story about the ongoing UNC academic scandal. It was fun challenge to translate the scene at UNC into a picture that captured a mood.All images (c) 2014 Justin Cook Documentary Photography, INC. All rights reserved. No reproduction without permission.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently commissioned me to illustrate a story about the ongoing UNC academic scandal. It was fun challenge to translate the scene at UNC into a picture that captured a mood.

All images (c) 2014 Justin Cook Documentary Photography, INC. All rights reserved. No reproduction without permission.

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Only one thing is impossible for God: to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1902-1903

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Outtake of Durham’s Central Park District for a recent story in the New York Times.

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Outtake of Durham’s Central Park District for a recent story in the New York Times.

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Watts-Hillandale Independence Day Parade, 2014. Personal work.

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