Quote of the Wee by Joe McNally


“No matter how much crap you gotta plow through to stay alive as a photographer, no matter how many bad assignments, bad days, bad clients, snotty subjects, obnoxious handlers, wigged-out art directors, technical disasters, failures of the mind, body, and will, all the shoulda-coulda-woulda that befuddle our brains and creep into our dreams, always remember to make room to shoot what you love. It’s the only way to keep your heart beating as a photographer.” —Joe McNally (1952)

Joe McNally is an internationally known photographer whose career has spanned more than 30 years and included assignments in nearly 70 countries. McNally is often described as a generalist because of his ability to execute a wide range of assignment work. His career has included being a contributor to the National Geographic–shooting numerous cover stories and highly complex, technical features over a span of 25 years; a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated; a staff photographer for LIFE magazine; as well as shooting cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, and The New York Times Sunday magazine. He has won numerous awards, including first place in both the World Press Photo contest and the Pictures of the Year, in addition to the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalistic Impact.