So October 2nd. is Larry’s 30th Anniversary with the Bremerton/Kitsap Sun.
Thirty years as a photographer with a newspaper is a pretty big deal (and not just because newspapers have downsized and cut photo staffs so much in the past few years) and he has yet to slow down at all and still shoots AMAZING photos.
While I have only been here at the Sun for 5 years, and am not even from the area (my home state is Michigan to be exact) I have been a fan of Larry’s work for many many years.
You see, when I was in college studying photojournalism, I would read and hoard National Press Photographer Association (NPPA) magazines. These magazines used to be full of work from photographers around the country, and Larry’s work was showcased quite a bit since he was constantly winning awards for his photos of daily life here in Kitsap. I don’t think anyone (not even Larry) knows how excited and humbled I was when I was offered this job.
I believe the conversation with the editor went a little like this:
“I get to be Larry Steagall’s co-photographer? Seriously, I get to work with him? Larry Steagall? THE Larry Steagall??!?!?”
Larry is a wealth of photo knowledge. He has shot every event and photo assignment countless times. He can tell you exactly where you should go to get the perfect shot of the full moon or Stennis departing. Sometimes he will even divulge the location of a top secret eagles nest/mural/umbrella gathering mecca or sunset spot that he has been keeping all to himself while waiting for the perfect moment to snap photos of them.
The man absolutely loves photography and loves being a photojournalist and it shows in the great work he does and in the effect that he has on the community. I can’t count the number of times I arrive to a photo assignment and the subject says to me (in what is usually a slightly disappointed tone), “But you aren’t Larry Steagall…”
In honor of Steagall and his greatness, I am dedicating the remainder of the “From The Archives Friday” posts this year to showcasing his first year of photos for the paper. Here’s the tough part, a lot of the negative sleeves do not have photographer initials on them, so while I am certain the ones with an LS are shot by him, I am also scanning in the ones that seem to have his handwriting on them sans initials. My hypothesis in this method is as follows: Larry starts at the Sun and labels his negatives “correctly” for a few weeks but then stops putting his initials on the sleeves since the other photogs have sleeves with initials on them yet months go by without a single LS on a negative sleeve coming up yet the rest of the info is in his handwriting. So if I happen to showcase a photo by another photographer and I put his name on it, to those photographers I apologize for that.
I have posted the following three shots before, but think it is worth one more posting. These three images were the first photos of Larry’s published in the Bremerton Sun on October 3rd, 1984:
From a story on the dangers of school children crossing a busy Sixth Street:
A student at Star of the Sea School dashes across the four lanes of Sixth Street and Veneta Avenue as school lets out on Tuesday, October 2, 1984.
From a story about an animal shelter called “Fur Fin and Feathers”:
Dolores Barringer and “Spike” at Fur & Feathers shelter on October 2, 1984
And of course a standalone or “wild art” was shot as well:
Painter Richard “Doctor” Bradford applies a new coat of paint to the U.S. Post Office on Pacific Avenue in Bremerton on Tuesday, October 2, 1984.
Here are a just few more from his first year:
(***I don’t have cutlines for them, so the only info I have is the “title” that was given on the negative sleeves***)