When it came to selecting a photojournalist to write about this week, I had trouble selecting just one. Via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, I follow MANY photojournalists, for the simple fact that I LOVE photojournalism. In fact, there are few contemporary photojournalists whose work I have not seen or heard of before.
So to prep for this assignment, I poked around the photojournalism sphere until I came across a photojournalist with whom I was hitherto unfamiliar: Theodore Kaye.
Theodore Kaye, I learned from his website, is a freelance photojournalist and photographer who was raised in China, India and Indonesia, and is currently stationed in Beijing, China. He attended Yale University, where he studied Uzbek and Farsi and majored in film. Using his new language skills, Kaye became a mountain guide in Central Asia before pursuing a career in photography. His photography has taken him all around the world as he’s worked for a wide range of clients, from Fair Trade USA to Getty Images to The New York Times.
In other words, the guy’s worldly and damn good with a camera. After reading Kaye’s bio and blog, and reviewing his past work on his website, I instantly followed this talented photojournalist on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Kaye is not a prolific poster on social media. His posts, particularly on his Facebook page, are quite sporadic. The tweets Kaye posts on his Twitter page are not always about his own work, and those that are tend to have a self-depreciating quality about them. After reading the following tweet, which contained a reference and link to a Huffington Post “listicle” featuring his work, I wanted to call up Kaye and say, “YOUR WORK IS AWESOME! Promote yourself; don’t be shy! Put yourself out there!”
I feel strangely out of place on this list. “12 Surreally Beautiful Instagram Accounts Out Of China” Huffpo http://t.co/uwvoyFUxsM
— Theodore Kaye (@theodorekaye) December 15, 2014
Kaye is much better at sharing his work via his Instagram page, a social media platform which I think best suits his medium. On Instagram Kaye presents his work in an appealing, no-frills format, each photo accompanied by just a short, simple caption. He posts pretty sporadically here too, however: just every few weeks or so, usually several photos or videos at a time.
If I could tell Kaye anything to help push forward his freelance photojournalism and photography career, it would be “POST MORE!” I mean, check out this photoessay he posted to Maptia (one of my favorite photojournalism and photography websites), which features his work in Central Asia. Warning: It may take your breath away.
Kaye’s photos speak for themselves–even if they weren’t captioned, it’s pretty simple to get the gist of the stories they tell. If he could just post on Instagram a bit more often, more people would know him and his amazing work, and since he’s already on all three of the “Big Three” social media platforms, it wouldn’t take much more than a few clicks to share photos from Instagram to Twitter and Facebook also. In my opinion, he should hit his fans with his work from all possible angles.