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Andrew Young speaks to students and teachers at a charter school in Detroit in December of 2021. Civil rights activist, former mayor of Atlanta and United Nations ambassador, and close confidant of Martin Luther King Jr, Mr Young is 89 years of age.

Moses Anderson was the first black bishop in the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit.  He died in 2013.

Bishop Anderson traced his lineage to Ghana in West Africa. I accompanied him on one of his visits to the country in 1990, when he was honored by being named a tribal chief in the Ashanti tribe. Here he shares a laugh with nuns during his tour.

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I've been a member of ASMP since 1989.  Hands down the finest advocacy organization for photographers in the world. If you need guidance on how to make your fledgling photo business grow, go to the ASMP website now. It's been the most valuable investment I ever made in my business.

It's not enough to take pretty pictures. You need a photo business education. You need ASMP.

An archive image of a USA Lacrosse player from 2008.
I certainly miss doing work for colleges and universities this past year. It looks like the University of Michigan here in Ann Arbor should be closer to normal this fall of 2021. Fingers crossed and vaccines all around.

This is an archive photo from 2003 at Alma College, a small, private, liberal arts college in the center of Michigan's lower peninsula. I spent many days there over a number of years documenting campus life, and I always liked the joyousness of this photo.


photo licensed via Depositphotos

In one of the ongoing incidents of police violating laws, Minneapolis law enforcement officers this past Friday rounded up, detained, and in some cases chemical sprayed print journalists and photojournalists covering protests over the death of Duante Wright. This is totally unacceptable behavior, leaning further toward the actions of police in dictatorships. It is absolutely against the constitution, and happened just hours after a judge issued an order barring the Minnesota State Police from seizing photo and video equipment and using chemical agents or force against the media. This outrageous violation of the press's rights must stop.

Read a summary of the incident at the PetaPixel website.
ASMP continues to be the go-to resource for the business of photography. See the latest news from the ASMP Bulletin

Archive image from 1979. Vergotes was a live poultry and chicken market on Detroit's east side. Opened in 1939, in its heyday the market dressed a thousand chickens a week.

Of course you won't find many, if any, storefront markets like this in the US anymore. Fear of avian flu spreading has effectively shuttered the neighborhood industry.

This photo is one of a series from a photo story. Here a worker stops to answer the phone on his way to dressing a chicken for a customer.

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The Covid pandemic has been devastating to photographers' businesses. Unless you're shooting just landscapes or building exteriors, or doing studio product photography, you work with people. Close up to and around people. It's a very intimate job. Of course seminar or conference coverage stopped right away almost a year ago. Any work for colleges and universities faded as students took classes from home. Hospitals do not want you walking the halls.  Publications of all kinds have cut way back on assignments. Travel is very difficult and dangerous, from airports to hotels to venues and back again.

While we continue to await vaccines for the vast majority of our population, we've all had to assess risk in operating closely with clients. I recommend anyone contemplating dangers from the virus on assignment to read the ASMP's Health + Safety Guide for COVID-19: A Protocol for Visual Creators. The American Society of Media Photographers has done outstanding work this past year in educating working photographers and providing resources like the Health & Safety guide.

Their recommendations include a waiver form that you can have any photo subject sign before an assignment. It's important in protecting you, both physically and legally. Here's the form modified for my business. And of course be diligent in mask wearing, keeping your distance, and thoroughly cleaning surfaces

Stay safe.

      COVID-19 Health Screening & Liability Release Waiver

Due to the 2019-2020 outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), our business is taking extra precautions with the care of every client to include health history review and enhanced sanitation/disinfecting procedures in compliance with CDC guidance.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
•Fever over 100.4
•Dry Cough
•Difficulty Breathing
Muscle pain
Sore throat

I agree to the following:
•I understand the above symptoms and affirm that I, as well as all household members, do not currently have, nor have experienced the symptoms listed above within the last 14 days.
•I affirm that I, as well as all household members, have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 30 days.
•I affirm that I, as well as all household members, have not knowingly been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 30 days.
•I affirm that I, as well as all household members, have not traveled outside of the country or to any city considered to be a "hot spot" for COVID-19 infections within the past 30-days.
•I understand that Dwight Cendrowski Photography LLC cannot be held liable for any exposure to the COVID-19 virus caused by misinformation on this form or the health history provided by each client.

By signing below, I agree to each statement above and release Dwight Cendrowski Photography LLC from any and all liability for unintentional exposure or harm due to COVID-19.

Here's an excerpt from an endorsement by Atlantic magazine written by Jeffrey Goldberg.  He captures the utter urgency of the moment:

"When contemplating their ballots, Americans should ask which candidate in a presidential contest is better equipped to guide the United States through a national-security crisis without triggering a nuclear exchange, and which candidate is better equipped to interpret--within five or seven minutes--the ambiguous, complicated, and contradictory signals that could suggest an imminent nuclear attack. These are certainly not questions that large numbers of voters asked themselves in 2016, when a transparently unqualified candidate for president won the support of 63 million Americans.

At the time, Donald Trump had not yet served in public office, so concerns about his ability to protect the United States from harm were hypothetical, though grounded in his long and terrible record as a human being. As The Atlantic stated in its October 2016 endorsement of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, Trump "traffics in conspiracy theories and racist invective; he is appallingly sexist; he is erratic, secretive, and xenophobic; he expresses admiration for authoritarian rulers, and evinces authoritarian tendencies himself ... He is an enemy of fact-based discourse; he is ignorant of, and indifferent to, the Constitution; he appears not to read."

What we have learned since we published that editorial is that we understated our case. Donald Trump is the worst president this country has seen since Andrew Johnson, or perhaps James Buchanan, or perhaps ever. Trump has brought our country low; he has divided our people; he has pitted race against race; he has corrupted our democracy; he has shown contempt for American ideals; he has made cruelty a sacrament; he has provided comfort to propagators of hate; he has abandoned America's allies; he has aligned himself with dictators; he has encouraged terrorism and mob violence; he has undermined the agencies and departments of government; he has despoiled the environment; he has opposed free speech; he has lied frenetically and evangelized for conspiracism; he has stolen children from their parents; he has made himself an advocate of a hostile foreign power; and he has failed to protect America from a ravaging virus. Trump is not responsible for all of the 220,000 COVID-19-related deaths in America. But through his avarice and ignorance and negligence and titanic incompetence, he has allowed tens of thousands of Americans to suffer and die, many alone, all needlessly. With each passing day, his presidency reaps more death."

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