1992 — student award of excellence
Everybody has a story to tell: you, your friends, your wacky neighbors, their unpredictable children, the bartender, the band and the photographer. Now there’s a person who knows a thing or two about telling a story.
Jay Talbott has made a career of recording key moments of people’s lives. His photojournalism exposes emotion, truth, action and intimacy. From your engagement portrait and rehearsal dinner to your wedding day, Jay’s complete, professional coverage captures your events in the purest, most unpredictable form.
Jay has held staff positions at the National Geographic Society, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the E. W. Scripps company. Jay has always delighted in documenting the rites of passage in people's lives.
He holds a Master of Arts in photojournalism from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science from Villanova University.
Jay is married to Kate Bannon Talbott of Clarks Summit, PA. Together with their two well-photographed children, Cecelia and John, they make their home in Silver Spring, MD.
Peace is the absence of ignorance. Misunderstanding comes from incomplete communication. It follows that this weakness is a result of not knowing. To promote world peace it is essential for people to communicate better. One strong channel of communication is through photography. The exchange of information will help people and groups not at peace understand more fully the motivations for the other person or group's actions. Photojournalism can aide in this process but the change is most dependent on the change of the individuals awareness levels.
The strong communication of previous photographers including Jacob Riis, Lewis Hines, W. Eugene Smith, and Eugene Richards comes from conveying the message through picture stories. These stories, including: Hines’ child labor situation, Riis’ tenement slums enlightening Smith’s nurse midwife demand and Richard’s portrayal of the emergency room, all improved cultural understanding and peace within the community through awareness.
The stress of the Newhouse School of Public Communication’s Photography program is improving the level of information in the photographic medium. Hopefully my goal at Syracuse in studying for a graduate degree and afterwards as a photojournalist, will be to convey stories as strong as the above photographers. Their footsteps are enormous but I hope to follow one step at a time.
This call for increased public awareness prompted me to leave a stable career and process into a challenging profession. I decided that this is what I wanted to do with my life so I am going for it. Alexia would have gone for it too!
We used to wonder where war lived. What it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives; that it is inside ourselves.
Albert Camus shows us that we all must face the war that lives within us. To do this is difficult, for no one wants to believe that they are capable of evil. The evil moments still exist inside of ourselves especially when they are expressed toward others. Peace also exists between people and it can sometimes exist in the middle of an evil situation.
The Alexia Foundation For World Peace would enable me study of one of the longest running examples of evil between the Irish Republican Army and the Protestants in England. This opportunity will benefit cultural understanding, harmony, and consequently world peace by showing how individuals are working to promote peace during the conflict.
By showing how these individuals work in the quest for peace, it would promote more people to assist them.
Also terrorism comes from both sides of the conflict. The pictures will illustrate the individuals on both sides who are working for war. Evil will be shown not to promote others to join in the conflict but instead to illustrate the extreme waste of life.
This is an ambitious project but it has to be done.