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Photo Story

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but exactly how does a photojournalist work, and how is an evocative image created and selected? Jeff Mermelstein, an award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, LIFE, and THE NEW YORKER, shares his thoughts on photojournalism and his craft.

Woman with American flag
Two photo editors comment on Jeff Mermelstein's unique eye.

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He also reflects on what he thought and felt when taking his poignant photographs of Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Capturing Mermelstein in action on the streets of New York today, MEDIA MATTERS looks at the challenge and process of telling stories through pictures.

Walking the Streets All Day:

Take a photographic tour of the streets of New York.
Jeff Mermelstein taking a photo
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Ma with book in his mouth
One of the many ineffable moments captured by Jeff Mermelstein.