"Newspaper photography is an education in itself," declared Mr. Leonard Small, photographer for the Boston Globe, when interviewed recently by a CRIMSON reporter.
"The work, is hard, as in all branches of newspaper work, and requires effort and ingenuity. It develops the ability to think fast, to decide instantly, to act quickly, and to make advantage of opportunities. The photographer acquires good judgement, an extreme keenness of mind, and acquaintance with important people, and an indefinable 'news sense'. A newspaper man knows what is happening in the world, and he knows what news is."
When questioned as to the true value of photography is deciding finishes of track events, Mr. Small said he strongly believed the results of close races would come to be determined by photography in America as is already done in England. He spoke of two instances in his personal experience when the decisions of the judges were later proved by the camera to be wrong. One of his pictures showed an unmistakable foul at the finish of a two-mile race, which, if the judges had seen it, would have changed the result of the meet.
"There are great opportunities for college men in professional photography," concluded Mr. Small. "The value and importance of newspaper photography is increasingly rapidly. A college man, properly trained, has at the same time, a pastime which can be developed into a hobby and a vocational training which can be developed into a profession."