Photojournalist Louis Psihoyos Wins Oscar For "The Cove"
Award-winning photojournalist Louis Psihoyos has won an Oscar for his film “The Cove,” the first time a still photojournalist has made the leap to the highest movie award since 2004 when Zana Briski won for “Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids.” As a still photographer, Psihoyos won multiple categories in the College Photographer of the Year contest and later, honors in Pictures of the Year. NPPA caught up with Psihoyos the day after his Oscar win.
By Bruce Young
© 2010 News Photographer magazine
HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 8, 2010) – “What I set out to do was not so much make a movie as to create a movement,” Louis Psihoyos told The New York Times last July. He had already enjoyed working over 18 years as a National Geographic photographer, and was continuing a successful still photography career, but he had never made a movie before....
It is so amazing to see a still photographer turn a documentary/investigative story into an Oscar winning film.