One Year, One Pandemic, One Community A Visual Journey Through The Confined, Shared Existence Of One Neighborhood     Few will argue that the Covid-19 pandemic was an international story of epic proportions. But I’m one of them.  To me as a photographer, Covid was the most hyper–local crisis of my photojournalism career. It just…

The Italian Trifecta: 3 Cities for 30 Years

The Italian Trifecta: 3 Cities for 30 Years

  My wife, kneeled at the base of the American Immigrant Wall of Honor on Ellis Island and scraped her pencil back and forth furiously before the name began to appear: Ermenegildo Simonetti. This was her grandfather who emigrated from Italy in 1938 to America. My great grandfather, Joseph Dotolo, who I knew as a…

Mammoth: In The Shadow Of A Legend

Mammoth: In The Shadow Of A Legend

      At Home On The Mountain: A Photographer’s Visual Journal   Photographs & Story by ©Todd Bigelow/Contact Press Images. Images registered  with US Copyright Office. For licensing, please contact info [at] ToddBigelowPhotography [dot] com It’s tough growing up in the shadow of a legend; the lesser known neighbor linked to fame through backcountry…

A Changing Suburbia

A Changing Suburbia

  Black Lives Matter Finds Love & Support In LA’s Mostly White Suburbs Photographs & Text by Todd Bigelow/Contact               As the BLM movement reaches new heights, several national media outlets have taken notice of a substantial difference from previous Black Lives Matters support: White suburbia is joining in.  “As crowds have surged through American cities…

One Woman’s Journey Through The Pandemic

One Woman’s Journey Through The Pandemic

With the Covid lockdown mandated in March, 2020, I immediately began photographing Erin and her two kids as they navigated a new pandemic life. Like so many others, their lives were severely disrupted. Erin’s two, socially gregarious kids were suddenly isolated with one another and attending school on Zoom from their suburban home. PE was…

Life Under Coronavirus: The New Underground Economy

Life Under Coronavirus: The New Underground Economy

  The New Underground Economy LA’s ‘Safer At Home’ Order’ Gave Birth To A New Economy Where Businesses Secretly Stayed Open To Avert Financial Disaster   Photo Essay & Reporting by Todd Bigelow/Contact Press Images Published by Politico   Los Angeles’ “Safer At Home” order was thrust to the center of national politics when the Department…

My Life Under The Coronavirus Lockdown

My Life Under The Coronavirus Lockdown

  Life Under The Coronavirus Lockdown: A Neighborhood Portrait   Published by NBC News For An Updated Version Of This Story, Please See “One Year, One Pandemic, One Community” As a photojournalist, I’ve covered disasters and conflicts around the world, yet never have I seen a disaster where everyone worldwide is simultaneously facing the same…

Life On The Other Side Of The Stage

Life On The Other Side Of The Stage

  Graduation season is here which means that student photographers across the country are donning their well earned caps and gowns, strolling across the stage and entering a brand new phase of life as a professional photographer. Congratulations! It’s time to paaaaaarty! My friendly, unsolicited suggestion is to party for a couple days and enjoy…

How Does Apple News+ Impact Photographers?

How Does Apple News+ Impact Photographers?

Allowing for unlimited use “in original context” permits publications to openly seek and engage in new distribution platforms like Apple News+. It also allows for the photographer to retain the opportunity to earn a little bit of licensing revenue for additional use of the photographs at a time when expansive use is growing along with new platforms. In other words, it’s a fair compromise and one that every photographer should seek.

3 Reasons Why You Face Pushback On Your Fees

3 Reasons Why You Face Pushback On Your Fees

  It’s with mixed emotions that I throw my laptop bag into the back seat, grab a coffee and head down the 405 to start each workshop. On the one hand, I’m always excited as hell that photographers are interested enough to learn about the business side of freelancing that they’ll give up an entire…