Joe Patronite

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Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
Nationality: USA
Biography: Joe Patronite has won awards in every genre of photography over the course of his 30-year career. Patronite has traveled the world on assignments for magazine, advertising and sports entities. His work has been exhibited in North America and... read on
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Daily newspaper journalism shaped my world view, taught me how to interact and respect other persons ideas, beliefs or ways all while creating meaningful photo reportage on deadlines. Since my first internship at the age of 18 through my years as a staff photographer and picture editor (The Arizona Daily Star & The Dallas Times Herald) a common thread was interwoven, adding to my interest in society, documenting the world around me and allowing me to travel to tell stories.

Interests in a wide range of issues helped me to research, propose and go do stories in my home towns, around the country and across the globe. From pensioners in danger of loosing their homes, spending late evenings with what was then a new type of policing in the early 1980s  (DUI enforcement) or picking up from a press conference an idea which allowed me to work in the former Soviet Union in the late 1980's prior to the fall of the Iron Curtain all contributed to what I still believe was one of the best professions to be in.

Over time my work was honored with awards from press associations, peer reviewed competitions and journalism distinction. From winning the NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) top sports photograph nationally at 22 years old to multiple nominations for the Pulitzer Prize in Photography (staff and individual) created other avenues away from daily journalism which steered my career to magazine  and other genre of photography. 

The collection is culled from both newspaper and magazine news & feature assignments and long-term projects from the 1970s to 1990s.

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