Think Tank Photo’s Seventh “About A Photograph™” Video Features Renowned Photojournalist Joe McNally

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Think Tank Photo's seventh “About A Photograph™” video features photojournalist Joe McNally's fascinating story behind his striking image of Bolshoi Prima Ballerina Nadia Grachevo taken atop a roof overlooking the Kremlin.

Said McNally, "Tenacity is one of the most important things you have in your kit bag; maybe more important than any lens."

Think Tank Photo today released the seventh in its “About A Photograph™” video series. In it, photojournalist Joe McNally, described by American Photo magazine as “perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today,” narrates the fascinating story behind his striking image of Bolshoi Prima Ballerina Nadia Grachevo taken atop a roof overlooking the Kremlin. The video can be found at http://aboutaphotograph.com.

McNally was accused by Russian armed security guards of being about to use his telephoto lens to spy on documents in a Kremlin office far in the distance. Initially daunted, McNally and his “fixer” Igor were able to secure another rooftop location. It being February and Grachevo dressed only in a tutu, they bundled her in mukluks and a heavy jacket and were able, finally, to capture the image.

Said McNally, “Tenacity is one of the most important things you have in your kit bag; maybe more important than any lens. Just the ability to hang in there and to keep weathering the repeated hearing of the word ‘no’ until you finally, finally get to someplace where somebody says ‘yes.’”

Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries. He has been a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, a staff photographer at LIFE, and, currently, an ongoing contributor to the National Geographic. He was listed by American Photo as one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography. He has been honored as a member of Kodak-PDN Legends Online, as was well as being a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens. In 2010, he was voted as one of the 30 most influential photographers in an industry-wide Photo District News survey. He won the first Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalist Impact for LIFE.

Think Tank Photo’s "About A Photograph™" video series features some of the world’s leading photographers recounting the stories behind their images that captured global attention. Each short video focuses on the forces that led up to that perfect moment in time when subject, story, setting, equipment, and photographer converged.

“About A Photograph” is being produced by Kurt Rogers and Deanne Fitzmaurice, Think Tank Photo’s co-founders and award-winning photojournalists. The video series will feature current as well as classic and historic photographs that span a range of styles, including documentary/photojournalistic, fine art, nature/environment, sports, and politics.

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