Posts Tagged ‘photojournalism’

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: Phoenix’s Real Life Bruce Wayne

Video: Phoenix's Real Life Bruce Wayne

Phoenix may not have a real life Batman but we do have a real life Bruce Wayne. A crazy idea to buy a Batmobile led him down a path to build his very own Batcave and start a charity that helps make sick kids and their families feel like super heros.


Video:Coping Through Art

Video:Coping Through Art

Orlando uses pastel and charcoal to share his experiences in Arizona’s mental health system. Art has helped him find a new identity as an artist.


Video: Coverage of Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Law

Video: Coverage of Arizona's Medical Marijuana Law

As Arizona tries to figure out how to implement it’s voter approved medical marijuana law, some veterans are finding themselves stuck between the federal government and the state government.


Video: The Boxcar

Video: The Boxcar

Holocaust survivor Helan Handler last saw her family together in a boxcar on the way to Auschwitz. She was the only member of her family to survive. She is on the board of a group that have brought a similar boxcar to Arizona to be part of The Holocaust & Tolerance Museum.


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 […]


Wallow Fire

Wallow Fire

I put together a montage of photo and time lapse video I shot while covering the Wallow Fire in north eastern Arizona. While I was up there the Forest Service kept pretty tight control over access to the fire. We pretty much had to make do with what we could find from a distance. Underneath […]


Video:Up and Away

Video:Up and Away

Sam Kelly is a shy boy. The autistic teen usually won’t talk to someone unfamiliar to him. His care taker noticed he liked hot air balloons and decided to take him out to see some launch. Over the next five years Hot Air Expeditions befriended the boy. When he first started going out to see […]


Video: Umpire Comeback

Video: Umpire Comeback

John Woods had dreams of umpiring in the big leagues. He was one the right path to making it happen when a suffered a traumatic brain injury while umpiring winter ball in Venezuela. The injury left him in coma for three weeks. Afterwards he had to learn to walk again. Some people won’t quit. Joh […]


Fiesta Bowl Celebration

Fiesta Bowl Celebration

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. […]


Video: Mini-Maestro

Video: Mini-Maestro

Mini-Maestro from Pat Shannahan on Vimeo. Four-year-old Jonathan Okseniuk has been playing the violin for a little over a year. The he was recently asked to play a song during a holiday performance by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. The mini-maestro is a bit of a Youtube star. Over 1,700,000 people have watched video’s of him […]


Video: Fields of White

Video: Fields of White

Fields of White from Pat Shannahan on Vimeo. I’ve always been stuck at how beautiful a cotton field can be when it’s ready to be harvested. Howard Wuertz’s family has farmed cotton in Pinal County, Ariz., since the 30s. He’s considered a pioneer in using sub-surface drip irrigation to grow cotton in Arizona. By using […]


Election Night

I love covering election nights. I love the anticipation you feel before the results are released. I love the challenge of making tight deadlines. I love trying to capture the emotion of people who are passionate about the issues. Last night I covered the GOP election night party at the Hyatt in downtown. Photog Michael […]


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 […]


Cardinals vs. Saints

Cardinals vs. Saints

Cardinals vs. Saints – Images by Pat Shannahan Sunday I photographed the Arizona Cardinals upset over the New Orleans Saints. It was an odd game to shoot as Arizona’s defense scored more touchdowns than the offense, and they still won. It was quarterback Max Hall’s first NFL start. You could tell at the end of […]


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. […]


Great Blue Heron

Yesterday I photographed a media tour of the new dams at the Tempe Town Lake. Workers are finishing installing new dams after one of the old ones ruptured. On my was to the dam I noticed this great blue heron sitting on top of one of the dams like a king looking over his subjects. […]


Lone Wolf Rancher

Lone Wolf Rancher

AZ Rancher – Images by Pat Shannahan Maryann Pratt is one of a kind. I visited her ranch several times for a story I worked on with Arizona Republic reporter Dennis Wagner. She lives off the grid by herself on the Mazatzal Wilderness, working over 100 cattle on an allotment so large it takes three […]


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 […]