Sunday, January 15, 2006

"Show Us the Way To Go Home..."

I've got to plug one of my favorite sites: Catholic Press Photo, who yet again provided the photo above. (The watermark is a bit of a distraction... but they do such great work, I'll live with it.)

CPP is a small agency, made up of three people. But they are the primary providers to Famiglia Cristiana (the Pauline magazine which is one of Italy's largest weeklies) and have arrangements with some other European wires. (It's a bandwagon American agencies would be smart to get on.)

Most importantly of all, they've got top-tier access and know a good shot when they see it -- they're like the Whispers of photography. CPP knows liturgy and the rattle and hum of Vatican ceremonial, so while a lot of the other photogs are off staring into space, they know what vantage to capture, and it shows. After Auturo Mari -- the legendary papal photographer with all access since the Creation of the World -- they're the House Photographers of the Roman Scene. They know their way around, they know the characters, and even normally reticent clerics and curialists are comfortable with them, so they get exclusive access for sacristy shots, etc.

Of course, you don't need me to tell you that that comfort goes a long, long way.

Anyways, I just love the shot above. Il Papa e seguito walking through a sea of empty chairs....

Anyone got a caption in mind? Comboxes are open in case somebody's got a creative streak going.



Blogger Jason Cardona said...

"Single file line, snowflakes..."

15/1/06 21:15  
Blogger Thomas said...

"even a keynote speech by the Pope failed to draw an audience to the opening showing of Rocky VII: The Last Rites"

15/1/06 21:31  
Blogger Jeff said...

"Why are all the chairs facing backwards?"

15/1/06 23:15  
Blogger Donna Bethell said...

"Walk this way."

15/1/06 23:47  
Blogger Fungulo said...

"Hey boss, isn't this the room where they laid out old whatshisname last April?"

16/1/06 03:04  
Blogger SJH said...

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16/1/06 04:43  
Blogger SJH said...

Shouldn't you have clean copies of the photos? That's what you're supposed to get when you pay the licensing fee for the pictures. You did pay the fee right?

16/1/06 04:44  
Blogger n said...

Disagree with me? See, just take their hats away and send them packing! A smaller, purer Church is what we need...

16/1/06 07:04  
Blogger Fungulo said...


If Rocco posts 'clean copies of the photos' unscrupulous people like me would just right-click on them and save them and use them without paying anyone anything.

16/1/06 09:44  
Blogger Barry Manilow said...

"Jeeeze, all he said was 'No More Gays in the Priesthood' and the whole bloody room emptied out - and this was the yearly audience with the Curia!"

16/1/06 09:53  
Blogger Anna Maria Gaudenzi said...

"I told you that Barbra Streisand concert was a bad idea. There's nobody here in SCV that really likes her except you Georg! Sell out, my ruby red slippers!"

16/1/06 21:27  
Blogger Dom Dominic said...

"nobody here in SCV that really likes her except you Georg"

AS IF!! It would be SRO!

17/1/06 02:02  

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