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A tribute to Greatest News Photographer: Jimmy Cravens

My mentor

By Larry Smith
Couldn't pass up the chance to let everyone know how I happened to be in the right place at the right time for photos. I owe most of what I know about news photography to a legend in Kentucky Journalism and a man whose work I've followed for a long time: Jimmy Cravens.

For my money, he was the best news photographer of the 20th century. And he's the inspiration for so much of my work. I know I am just one of a huge fan base he amassed with the legendary Central Kentucky News.

He made everyone in Taylor, Adair and Green Counties aware of the impact of news photos. Couldn't pass up a chance to let him know how much I appreciate the trailblazing work he did. I would bet I'm not the only news photographer who had Jimmy Cravens as a mentor; scanning his body of work today is the best photo/journalism class of any I know. - Larry Smith, FM 92.76, the WAVE

This story was posted on 2012-06-29 09:56:55
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