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Gavin Schmidt

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Gavin Schmidt

 
Sunday:  9.10am - 10:00am

Guest Speaker:   "Photojournalism Broken Hill Style"

 

Newspaper photographer Gavin Schmidt began his career behind the lens with the Barrier Daily Truth 32 years ago.

 

Gavin was an avid photographer as a child, his parents bought him his first camera when he was nine, and then his mates chipped in and bought him a Nikon when he was 21.

 

He was working as a graphic reproducer at the regional daily newspaper in his hometown of Broken Hill when the photographer's position became vacant. He jumped at the opportunity, taking six weeks holidays to fine tune his skills before he made his pitch for the job.

 

Besides the Barrier Daily Truth, Gavin’s work has also been published in Time Magazine and The London Times, and his photography has regularly appeared in Australia's metropolitan newspapers and national magazines.

 

Gavin is on a first-name basis with most of the community in Broken Hill, having shared the highs and lows of their lives over three decades. Gavin's works have been regularly recognised by the South Australia Country Press Association. He has even held an exhibition of works at the prestigious Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

 

Gavin has seen many changes in the industry over the years, and he's glad he doesn't have to "slosh around" with chemicals in the darkroom, anymore, but he says the basics remain the same. He recalls one instance that demonstrates the essence of the working newspaper photographer: having the skills to get the shot when you find yourself in the right place at the right time.

 

It was a hockey grand final, he listening to his Ipod while capturing shots of the game with his camera. He took his earphones out just in time to hear screams. Turning quickly, and instinctively clicking the camera, he captured a child being attacked around the head by a magpie. Luckily, the youngster was okay and that shot won him the SA Country Press trophy for the Best News Photograph of the Year for 2006.

 

Gavin is now the newspaper's circulation manager, but he still carries his camera around in the boot of his car, just in case a shot pops up.