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11/10/2010

G20 Update

Richard Lautens/Staff Photographer

The lives of photojournalists revolve around covering stories.  Most of the stories however tend to be quick hits.  Typically we will shoot 3 assignments a day for the paper.  We get a kernal of a story, figure out how to visually tell that story and then move on to the next.  Occasionally we will work on a long feature but mostly it is a quick hit.

One quick hit story for me was the G20 summit-you probably remember it from last June, it was in all the news.

On the first big day of protest, I shot a photo that became a bit of a representative picture of the whole police reaction as well as the problem of the police removing their nametags.  It was a picture of the police wading into some sit-down protesters kicking a couple of them in the head.  Immediately after I took the picture I was whacked a couple of times with a night-stick and was knocked over so I wasn't able to get the names or updates of those who were kicked. 

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Fast forward to this past weekend.  Finally the man in the image being kicked contacted the Star as we kept running the image.  I was able to meet up with him and his partner and swap stories for a while.  For such a big event it was a great bit of closure.

I couldn't help but feel a kindred spirit and editorialized a bit as I shot some sympathetic looking portraits of the two of them.  It was good to know they had no ill effects from the event.

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Nickos Kapetaneas and his partner, Caitlin Morgan are seen with a copy of the Star with their picture

RL_kapetaneas_02_1900 Nick and Caitlin hang out

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