Posts Tagged ‘documentary photography’

Video: Arizona’s Demolition Boat Race

Video: Arizona's Demolition Boat Race

This was a story a year in the making. Nearly a year ago a friend who competes in demolition derbies called to tell me about this crazy race he drove in called a waterless boat race. Drivers drag fiberglass boats around a soapy asphalt track, trying to take out each other’s boats. The last driver […]


Video: The Hardest Decision

Video: The Hardest Decision

Sophia beat two types of cancer before getting leukemia. After an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant her parents faced the hardest decision two parents can make: stopping treatment. This is without a doubt the saddest story I have ever told. A reporter and I started following Sophia and her family weeks before she went into hospice […]


Favorite Photos of 2010

Favorite Photos of 2010

2010 Photos of the Year – Images by Pat Shannahan It was an interesting year to be a photographer in Arizona. This is a collection of my favorite photos I made during 2010. When I look back on the year, I can’t help but think it was the year of SB1070, Arizona’s tough immigration law. […]


Along the US and Mexico Border

Along the US and Mexico Border

Nogales Border Crossing – Images by Pat Shannahan I went on a recent trip to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, with a reporter from our sister newspaper La Voz. We spent a day working on a story about unaccompanied minor immigrants and the next day we went out with an officer from Grupo Beta. They are a […]


Leaving Arizona: A Family of Illegal Immigrants Flee’s Arizona’s Immigration Law

Leaving Arizona: A Family of Illegal Immigrants Flee's Arizona's Immigration Law

Over the summer I worked with reporter Dan Gonzalez on a photo story following two families of illegal immigrants living in the West Valley as they moved to Pennsylvania because of Arizona’s new immigration law SB1070. I concentrated on the Sanchez family. Luis, the dad, and his wife Marlen both came to the U.S. illegally. […]


Female Chain Gang

Female Chain Gang

Maricopa County Female Chain Gang – Images by Pat Shannahan One of the programs Maricopa COunty Sheriff Joe Arpaio is known for is the female chain gang. The chain gang is made up from inmates who have been sent from Tent City to Estrella Jail for discipline problems. At Estrella Jail the inmates are locked […]


Editorial Photography Portfolio

Editorial Photography Portfolio

Editorial – Images by Pat Shannahan This is a collection of some of my favorite images made while working as a newspaper photojournalist in Arizona and in Mississippi.


Covering Arizona’s New Immigration Law SB1070

Covering Arizona's New Immigration Law SB1070

SB1070 Arizona’s New Immigration Law – Images by Pat Shannahan The summer of 2010 will certainly be remembered in Arizona as the summer of SB1070, also known as Arizona’s new controversial immigration law. The nations eyes turned on Arizona as both sides of the immigration debate held protests and counter protests. It was an interesting […]


From Grunt to Graduate

From Grunt to Graduate

From Grunt to Graduate – Images by Pat Shannahan My photo story From Grunt to Graduate follows a high school student through his final days at Project Challenge, a residential program for high school drop outs run by the Arizona National Guard. Project Challenge is designed to teach “youth at risk” life coping skills, academics, […]


When Life and Death Meet

When Life and Death Meet

When Life and Death Meet – Images by Pat Shannahan When Veronica Cellis was diagnosed with cancer, doctors gave her no treatment options that allowed her to keep her baby. She decided to refuse treatment so her baby might live. By September, the cancer had moved to her brain leaving her brain-dead. Doctors kept her […]