I really wanted to make something special for The Arizona Republic newspaper’s 125th anniversary. The Republic is actually older than the State of Arizona. The paper has been here before the beginning. If it happened in Arizona we were there. I wanted to produce a piece that both reminded people about our proud shared history but also made them feel something thought the power of photojournalism.
On the eighth floor of the paper is the old photo print archives. I knew this would be a huge vault of awesomeness. I went through nearly ever drawer looking for old bits of Arizona history from the heroes to the villains, from the celebrations to the defeats. For a photographer, it was a treat.
I’m really proud of this piece. It was highlighted in a Poynter article shortly after it was published and was the first Republic video to be published on our full screen Gravity spot normally reserved for large advertisers.
Also I built an enormous photo mosaic called a Gigpan out of over 700 front pages and photographs from Arizona’s history. It’s 9.98 gigapixels of image data, stitched together to form one explorable image. Zoom in, and you’ll see each one up close.
At the time, this was the largest photograph we ever published on azcentral.com.