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From Bathrobe-Wearing iPhoneographer to Breaking-News Reporter

When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, an iPhone photo by photographer Nick Cope was one of the first to go viral and attract the attention of news organizations. American Photo has an interesting interview with Cope in which he shares what it was like to have the world pounce on his photo:

I suppose the way the news cycle moves so quickly today, I think there’s a race to get content out as quickly as possible. Anyone can be a content creator—I took an iPhone photo literally in my bathrobe, and within a couple of hours, it had been viewed thousands, hundreds of thousands of times [...]

Maybe the most bizarre and amusing part of the whole thing was that I did get contacted from various news agencies that wanted [eyewitness accounts]. I was interviewed multiple times throughout the day—people would call who were working on stories and would ask, “What do you see? What is it like now?” It was just so interesting to me—I’m just a person who has an iPhone who took one photo, and then all of a sudden I’m this credible person who’s being called by the BBC and CNN to ask for on-the-ground information on national cable television.

Aside from a handful of big news agencies and TV stations, no one else asked to publish the photo that soon spread across the web.

The Story Behind Hurricane Sandy’s First Viral Photo [American Photo]


 
 
  • Joshua Morin

    “no one else asked to publish the photo”

    Did you?

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    We’re writing about the photo itself, not about the subject/storm :)

  • Joshua Morin

    Ya, I know. I was just joking :)

  • Guest

    ABOUT the storm, or about the photo…. still wonder if they asked to publish it.

    Kind of like the kid who shot the presidential campaigns and had the most published shots in the US. Because he gave all the photo’s away for free to anyone who would publish them lol. Atleast this guy was happy he had a picture, but wasn’t claiming to be a photographer. Thank you picture taking man, thank you.

  • Chris Helton

    ABOUT the storm, or about the photo…. still wonder if they asked to publish it. They’re using the image to draw traffic to their website where they also have ads. So they are using the image for a personal gain.

    Kind of like the kid who shot the presidential campaigns and had the
    most published shots in the US. Because he gave all the photo’s away for free to anyone who would publish them lol. Atleast this guy was happy he had a picture, but wasn’t claiming to be a photographer. Thank you picture taking man, thank you.