Sunday, August 24, 2008

David Griffin, National Geographic

Most people have never heard of TED, but if you are a photographer or just appreciate fine photojournalism you should take some time to browse their site, particularly for the many speaker videos and the annual prize presentations.

"The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED Community's exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of "One Wish to Change the World." After several months of preparation, they unveil their wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact."

If you have a few minutes this presentation by David Griffin, photo editor for National Geographic, about the power of photography is worth your time.  The segment on the leopard seal at the end might remind you of your house cat, if she was twelve feet long and ate penguins for lunch.  Use the hi-res video link for the best multi-media experience.

2007 winner James Nachtwey's presentation is another gem in this diamond mine of communicators and innovators.

Enjoy your visit...