“In this line of work, your world view is completely turned on its head,” said photojournalist Lois Raimondo, ’81, during her Wittenberg Series’ speech and slide presentation, Nov. 9.
A finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in journalism, Raimondo has photographed everything from the Dalai Lama and the Kobe, Japan, earthquake to America’s oldest working cattle ranch and a clogging festival.
“When I’m doing documentary photography, I approach each subject with two minds,” Raimondo said. The first incorporates everything that she knows about the world, including her perspectives on issues, people, cultures and history.
The second is wide-open and unimpeded. “You need to let go of your ego,” she said. Although such an act may risk exposure of a person’s ignorance, Raimondo has found that it allows her to expect the twists and turns of a story.
“You never know how one thing will lead to the next,” she said.
A free-lance photojournalist with The New York Times and author of a children’s book, The Little Lama of Tibet, which details the life of one of the most respected priests in the Tibetan Buddhist religion, 6-year-old Rinpoche, Raimondo also tries to teach others through her photography.
“I’m doing documentary photography that advances some understanding of the subject matter,” she said. “The pictures will be more honest if you keep looking and looking hard.”
Raimondo has reported extensively on China, Tibet and Vietnam, and has lived in Asia as an Associated Press correspondent. During her Wittenberg career, she majored in East Asian Studies and English, and was one of the most outstanding female athletes in the university’s history.