Wally Lurz receiving the presidential award for being The Best Photojournalist.
TDQ: Is there a photojournalist hierarchy? Is the ultimate goal to be in New York or DC working “for the network” filming Brian Williams or Diane Sawyer, or is the best work done in the trenches?
Lurz: I’m the best. That’s all you need to know. There’s a hierarchy in terms of being cool and not being a douche. And, being a good shooter of course. As far as going to NY, LA, or CHI it’s basically a preference. Finding the right fit for what you like and what you wanna do. I know people who’ve gone to bigger markets and those that have gone to smaller ones, as well as people that have gone into film or production of some sort. Then there are those that have gotten out completely. There’s a pretty big turnover rate in television. I know as many people in TV as I do that have gotten out. Overall it just depends on your talent, goals, determination and a lot of patience. It can be difficult to get a job in the big cities because they’re usually union shops and the guys in those jobs stay there ‘til they die. You do seem to have a little more control of your product in the trenches though. Which is nice.
TDQ: What’s a typical work day like for you in South Florida news?
Lurz: Take the best sex you’ve ever had, add it with winning the lottery, and you’re nowhere near it…really. You’re nowhere near it. Continue reading
Wally Lurz and his plus one.
This week, we speak to Emmy Award-nominated photojournalist Wally Lurz. Wally dishes about his close personal friends Donald Trump and President Obama, talks about the ups and downs of television news in South Florida and sends a message to George Lucas. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Wally Lurz:
The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?
Wally Lurz: It was carved on the inside door of a truck stop bathroom stall. I had my smart phone with me and some time so I figured what the hell.
TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview?
Lurz: So excited, I stabbed my girlfriend in the eye. Well, not really. I mean, I was gonna stab her anyway this just got the ball rolling. And by girlfriend, I mean prostitute.
Wild cobras have the freedom to perform and make money but they are encountering stiff competition from more organized captive outfits that benefit from better marketing. Captive cobras may seem to have it all but often claim to feel empty inside after years of having things handed to them.
Sacramento, CA—A pro-reptile/anti-zoo group called “Snakes And People in Sync” is hoping the escape of the Bronx Zoo Cobra earlier this year will show the horrible living conditions snakes and other reptiles are forced to endure on a daily basis, and will force the Obama administration to “finally take a serious look at how snakes are portrayed in media and the inhumane treatment they suffer in glass cages.”
A spokesman for the group, Ernie “Boa” Constantine said this issue needs to move to the top of President Obama’s agenda, or he’ll personally see to it that the president doesn’t get re-elected.
“He ran on a platform of hope and change,” Constantine said. “Well, when I look into my snake’s beautiful, beady eyes, he seems hopeless. He hasn’t experienced any change at all in his life since Obama took office. And neither has the poor, helpless cobra in the Bronx Prison (Zoo). That cobra is a hero, an icon, and she was unceremoniously put back into her cell. I’m, I’m sorry, it just makes me so angry… Can we just take a minute?”
Washington–A new group hailing from the far, far, far right calling themselves “Deeders” is calling for President Obama to provide proof he has a right to live in the White House.
“It’s been two years,” said Lead Deeder Phineas Downey. “I would certainly think that he would have the proper documents to show he belongs in that house and has a right to live there. That’s all we want.” Continue reading