Behind the Scenes with New York Times Sports Photographer Barton Silverman

This fascinating behind-the-scenes video shows what it’s like to work as a sports photographer for the New York Times. It follows around Barton Silverman, a photographer who has been working at the Times since March of 1962. Over the past 50 years, he has covered many a championship game and has photographed many a legendary athlete. The New York Times writes,

When he started at The New York Times 50 years ago, [Silverman] worked as a lab assistant, a title he would hold for four years. But he wanted to be a photographer. So he volunteered to carry Larry Morris‘s camera bag to Madison Square Garden.

“As I was taking notes,” he said, “I basically figured out how to shoot a hockey game.”

In the meantime, he volunteered to shoot for the team, earning the program credit “Photos by Barton.”

Here’s a short interview he gave after photographing his 39th Super Bowl back in 2010. Also, be sure to check out this New York Times Lens piece that sheds some more like on the epic photograph of a leaping Joe Namath mentioned in the video.

(via ISO 1200)

  • William Kolb

    This man is unethical. A real photojournalist would never ask someone to tell a subject to do something they weren’t already doing. Disgusting.

  • Jason

    He told him to do something with his hands, he didn’t pose him. What the man did was completely up to him. There is a difference between staging a scene and giving a little direction in order to get a specific type of shot that you know would sell.

  • Ralph Hightower

    Okay, I caught Barton chimping his shots. But he’s old-school; when Joe Namath was playing, digital didn’t exist.
    Black & White has a clsssic, timeless look about it. I’m shooting 2012 in B&W.

  • Guest

    It isn’t the job of a journalist to tell anyone to do anything. Not only that, he found it acceptable to shout across the room during a live interview.

  • troll

    suck my dick

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    Have you people ever worked as photojournalists? I’d say everyone does it unless you’re in a setting where everything is happening around you. Perhaps you have an illusion that what’s going on in the pictures (or stories) in our newspapers are all truth and “ethically correct”. However, this is the reality, a lot of the times you have to ask people to do something completely fabricated, it’s not unsual – rather the opposite.

  • John

    Seems that the video and the article on Iso1200 have both been taken down.