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30 Years: A photojournalism retrospective

30 Years: A photojournalism retrospective

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A gallery exhibit of highlights from Julie Lewis’thirty-year career as photographer forThe Daily Star.
On display at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, 183 Main Street, Oneonta. June 24 to September 10, 2011.
a photojournalismretrospective
Celebrating Julie Lewis’thirty years of excellence.
About this publication:
May 2, 1994
Monique Erlichman o Waltonholds a cloth Star o David wornby her ather during the Nazioccupation o France. Erlichmanand her amily’s story was part o The Daily Star’s series on WorldWar II.
November 10, 2004
Oneonta High School’s Kate Jaf e,let, collides with Tappan Zee’s Ash-ley Nevins in a Class A rst-roundstate playo game at the WrightNational Soccer Campus in One-onta. It earned an Associated Pressrst-place sports photo award.
March 2, 1992
Fireghters battle a re on Mar-ket Street in Oneonta. The blaze,which began in the Dark HorseSaloon, destroyed several build-ings. Photos taken that nightwon an Associated Press awardor photo essay.
May 28, 2003
A squirrel eats a Reese’s Peanut But-ter Cup in a tree o o Chestnut Streetin Oneonta. This picture was chosenas MSNBC.com’s Photo o the Week and placed 17th in Photos o the Year2003. This is the Daily Star’s most-requested reprint.
Here is just a small portion of the photographs from Daily Star Chief Photographer Julie Lewis’ 30 years of coveringOtsego, Delaware, Chenango and Schoharie counties. The cover was designed by Creative Services Manager David M. Fredette. The section was designed by AssociateManaging Editor Denielle Ziemba. Photos were processed by Lewis and Daily Star photographer Ben Patton. Thedates of publication are listed with the photos.
From the cover:
By Denise Richardson
Julie Lewis has had a photographic eye for lon-ger than her 30-year career at The Daily Star.Lewis, a 1978 graduate of Oneonta High School,learned the basics of black-and-white photography and dark-room techniques working on theschool’s newspaper, the Echo.Lewis also was photo editor of theOHSan yearbook during her senioryear. Both were under the guid-ance of English and journalismteacher Patricia Moore, who Lewisconsiders her ultimate mentor.Lewis was born at A.O. Fox Me-morial Hospital in 1960 and is adaughter of Dorothy (Moore) andFred Lewis. She is the youngest of five children, whose names be-gin with the letter “j” — Joanne,Jeanne, Jim and Janice.After high school, her parentsgave her a graduation present —her first camera, a Canon AE-1.She started working six days a week at The Dai-ly Star as a part-time darkroom technician on May14, 1981. She began taking photos on her ownand submitting them to the newspaper. Laterthat year, she took photos at football games onSaturdays, which meant she was working for thenewspaper seven days a week.Lewis also had other part-time jobs, includingemployment at a camera store, where she learnedbasic camera repair and trouble-shooting.In 1985, Lewis joined The Daily Star full-timeafter then-publisher Richard Anthony created asecond full-time photographer job.“He took a chance on me,” Lewis said. “I reallycan’t thank him enough.”For many years at The Daily Star, Lewis man-aged the darkroom and productionof black-and-white prints of photo-graphs that were reproduced in thenewspaper.Meanwhile, Lewis honed her skills,news judgment and style under edi-tors Gary Grossman and Ken Hall, andphotographer Bruce Endries was aday-to-day mentor who “taught melessons I carry to this day.” ManagingEditor Cary Brunswick gave broaderpointers on news coverage. In lateryears, Editor Sam Pollak has helpedguide her while she continues tohone her skills.As a photojournalist, Lewis hastaken her camera to report on firesat homes, businesses and farms,automobile accidents, natural di-sasters, including the Flood of 2006, and crimeand courtroom scenes. Lewis has covered manyinductions and other ceremonies at the NationalBaseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.In 1999, The Daily Star began converting itsblack-and-white darkroom to color, and Lewiswas in charge of the project. The Star developedcolor film negatives and negatives were scannedinto a computer system.Lewis also led the change into a digital pho-tography system in 2001, which involved buyingtechnologically advanced equipment. The Star’sfirst professional camera bodies for the new digi-tal system cost $10,000 each, and the newspaperbought two.Lewis has won many awards for sports, newsand — most often — feature photographs. Herwork has been recognized by the New York StateAssociated Press, the New York News PublishersAssociation and the New York State AgriculturalSociety’s Harold L. “Cap” Creal Award. Through the newspaper’s membership in TheAssociated Press, Lewis’ photographs have beenpicked up through the wire services and pub-lished in newspapers across the country, in for-eign newspapers and online. She is a member of the National Press Photographers Association.Lewis has been among the crush of baseballfans, driven the back roads of Otsego, Delaware,Chenango and Schoharie counties, and in manysituations responded to the challenges of puttinga human touch and face to local news stories. Atthe end of the day, when the newspaper is rollingthrough the printing press, the most importantand satisfying part of the process, she said, hasbeen meeting people along the way and sharingtheir stories.“The best part of my job is the people I get tomeet — people from all walks of life and all situa-tions,” Lewis said. “I could have moved to a largermarket a long time ago, but I would never havehad the satisfaction in the work I do and the con-nection I have with our readers.”Lewis, who lives in Oneonta, also has devel-oped a personal style that Daily Star readers saythey recognize.“If I’m successful it’s because I stayed here,” shesaid, “not because I left.”
All about Julie
Julie Lewis: 30 years
 Julie Lewis: 30 years
A photojournalism retrospective
An exhibit featuring photos fromDaily Star Chief Photographer Julie Lewis’30 years of photojournalism.
 An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 24,at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s History Centerat 183 Main St. in Oneonta. Refreshments will be served.It is free and open to the public.The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 10.
The center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdaysand 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the month for Fabulous First Fridays!The center will be closed July 4.
For more information, visit www.oneontahistory.org or call 432-0960.
“Whenever there is an important news event,we don’t have to ask Julie to photograph it.That’sbecause she would already have been out thedoor and on her way.When she comes back, itwill be with the definitive shot that no one elsewould have gotten. Julie’s instincts, dedicationand expertise have stood Daily Star readers wellover the last 30 years, and, I hope, will for thenext 30.“The Daily Star would not beThe Daily Starwithout her.“As Julie Lewis continues her 30-year career, it’simportant that wepause to recognize just what avital component her work is to our area’s visualhistory. She is a talented photojournalist whoconveys and preserves the impact and emotionof moments in time that would be missed by aless-talented photographer.“We are all truly blessed to have Julie amongus.”
Sam Pollak Editor  Armand Nardi Publisher 
a photojournalismretrospective
Celebrating Julie Lewis’thirty years of excellence.

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