Quicklinks for July 26, 2006

Today's installment highlights three photo-related video projects that are better than most prime time TV programming.

Ed's Note: I know these are called "Quicklinks," but today's installment of cool stuff on the web is going to take a little more time and energy. All are video productions, and all are worthy of a closer look. So put down the TV remote tonight and watch some Internet.

Brian Storm's Mediastorm site has posted two new multimedia pieces. Filmmaker Julie Winokur and her husband, photojournalist Ed Kashi, who many know for the "Aging in America" series, have produced a new film called "The Sandwich Generation." The 11-minute documentary explores the reason they uprooted their family from California to New Jersey, namely to take care of Winokur's ailing 83-year-old father. Winokur explains how she's one of more than 20 million Americans in the so-called Sandwich Generation, people who are simultaneously taking care of the children and their parents. The other new addition to the Mediastorm site is "Kingsley's Crossing," which looks at one African man's attempt to find a better life in Europe. French photojournalist Olivier Jobard documents 23-year-old's Kingsley's six-month passage through Africa, an extraordinary journey that puts in sharp relief the difficult choices immigrants face. Both productions benefit from great visual storytelling, including still photos and video.

After two years in the editing room, SportsShooter.com has finally put the finishing touches on its extensive video interview with rock 'n' roll and sports photographer Michael Zagaris. Zagaris, or the "Z Man" as he's known to the sports photographer community, has led a life most of us would kill for. After high school he had a brief tryout with the Baltimore Colts, but opted for law school instead. While living in Washington, D.C. he worked for Robert F. Kennedy, and was present on the night Kennedy was assassinated. Dissolusioned, he dropped out of law school and began documenting the music scene in and around San Francisco during the turbulent '60s and early '70s. Zagaris has spent much of the last two decades photographing sports, including stints as the official photographer of the Oakland As and San Francisco 49ers. Zagaris captured so many great shots of the championship 49er teams of the '80s that NFL Films made him and his photos the subject of a documentary. While waiting to catch that in reruns, take a look at SportsShooter.com's 9-part interview, in which Zagaris offers advice for young photographers, recalls being at Candlestick Park during the 1989 Earthquake, and generally gives an interesting look at an interesting life.