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Kenneth Jarecke
Husband, father, photographer, publisher and occasional rancher.
Interests: parenting, family, photography, fine print making, photojournalism, publishing, education, football, strawberry/rhubarb pie
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Photographs are best experienced on a piece of paper. Something we tend to lose sight of in this digital age. It’s not the most convenient way to look at an image, nor the least expensive, just the best. When done right by the artist, the printed image is presented as the photographer intended. Photographic prints are artifacts, objects d’ art, that enrich a person’s life. That’s how I see them. I like to touch them, hold them, frame them and hang them on a wall. Live with them. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Mostly True
An interview with photographer David Burnett from Sochi. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Mostly True
Laforet is the type of photographer that other photographers watch closely. He’s a ground breaker who seems to have already made a move when others don’t yet know there’s a move to make. He was kind enough to talk a bit about his latest project, a stunning piece he did for Nike. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Mostly True
Normally I’m fairly patient with these requests, but the email I received today kind of cracked me up. So instead of answering the two questions with a “yes” and “no” (journalism students take note, try not to ask questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no), I opened up a little bit. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Mostly True
It’s time for my annual Holiday Print sale. The goal is to get prints under some Christmas Trees which will eventually make their way onto the walls of some photography lovers. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Mostly True
Kenneth Jarecke/Contact Press Images © 2013 from the book Just Another War I’ve been a fan of magazines and newspapers before I could read. This love is what led me to a life in editorial photography, and it’s also what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Mostly True
It's always fun to start working on a new body of work. That is, until you actually pick up a camera and start shooting. That's when self-doubt tries to make a special guest appearance. It should have it's own theme music. Like Bob Hope strutting onto the Tonight Show stage to crush the dreams of the young comic who just saw his three minutes evaporate, never to return. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Mostly True
The goal of my MontanaFair Workshop is to help photographers say, in the most visually articulate way “I saw this. I found it interesting and I hope you do too.” Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2013 at Mostly True
State fairs are a wonderful place to make pictures. They’re the perfect training ground for photographers seeking to become better. The fair offers different events and fresh faces every day, but it also has its own daily rhythm. This gives a photographer with a near miss the opportunity to learn from their mistake(s), correct them, and try again. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Mostly True
© 2013 Kenneth Jarecke / Contact Press Images Is this a cliché? It certainly feels like one. Not because of anything I did (or failed to do). The light was what it was. The cowboy is who he is. So,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2013 at Mostly True
You’re camera gives you an excuse to be closer to the action than anyone else who’s not on the field of play. You’ve got the best seats in the house. The athletes are performing right in front of you. Be thankful and count your blessings. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Mostly True
What we need, what editors should be trying to deliver (and what we got for a brief moment this week) is some photojournalism which harkens back to the Boston Globe of the eighties, and anyone who thinks otherwise deserves to have Stan Grossfeld's non-ironic Chuck Taylor’s shoved right up their arse. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at Mostly True
Stop the presses, Time/Warner failed to make a deal to get rid of it's magazines! You can read about it in the New York Times. Here's a quick post to explain what just happened. Around 1989, Time Inc. decided to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Mostly True
Listen, HCB didn’t have motor drives, auto focus lenses or high speed sensors like you. It really shouldn’t be that hard to follow in his footsteps. There are photographers out there who have been following The Troubles or chasing hot light in half made worlds for decades and they seem to do well without cheating themselves, their viewers or the people in their pictures. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Mostly True
The bottom line, is this photojournalism thing is broken. If you’ve ever seen a horde of Dutch photographers (home of World Press Photo) work a woman’s team of gold medal winning water-polo players, you’d agree. The people that should be working to fix this, the powerful editors and highly respected older statesmen, are (with some notable brave and bold exceptions) either making excuses, keeping their mouths shut or benefitting from the situation. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at Mostly True
I’ve been hating on Getty for years. They sponsor a few grants and buy their way into a few photo festivals and pretty much silence all their opposition. Meanwhile Cassandra over here is likened to the old man yelling at the kids to get off his lawn. Well, enough of that… Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at Mostly True
Well, it's that time of year again. I've got a ton of printing to do this week. Since I'll be strappped to my computer anyway, I thought I'd offer a special holiday deal. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at Mostly True
By the time I met Artie in 1987, he too was a legend. We were covering the presidential race, both of us were bouncing between candidates (him for Newsweek, me for Life) and ended up with Bush Sr. for the last month or so. He told me last night he knew then he wasn’t interested in covering any more campaigns. As the traveling press wanting Perrier and carrot sticks instead of late night toga/pool parties. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at Mostly True
There's no reason for me to make more voting pictures inside another building. The pictures are to be had outside, with the people and the light. The problem is that I've already established this as a black & white essay and changing horses in mid-stream is always a dicey proposition. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Mostly True
Instagramers, I was talking about photojournalists here, not you. If your work brings you joy, carry on. There’s nothing to see here and I fully realize you can’t learn anything from an old man like me (but thank you for continuing to point this out). Photojournalists, photo-editors and those higher up in the editorial food chain, it seems I’ve offend you also. Sadly, this couldn’t be avoided. The Hurricane Sandy images you published weren’t very good and it was important for someone to say so. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2012 at Mostly True
When a photojournalist uses Instagram, the devil smiles. He keeps it handy, in the top drawer of his toolbox, sitting right next to true love. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2012 at Mostly True
"Just make sure your content is great. Today's consumer will go Klamar on your ass." Kenneth Jarecke Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2012 at Mostly True
Joe Klamar, works for AFP and made some pictures that some people aren't happy with. Joe Klamar is my new hero. - Kenneth Jarecke Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at Mostly True
"Nothing fancy, just find the light and stick a kid in it. There's a lot you can do with a single body and a 35mm lens." - Kenneth Jarecke Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2012 at Mostly True
A few recent images from around the place by Kenneth Jarecke. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Mostly True