Brendan McDermid

Brendan McDermid

Based
New York City, United States
Born
Buffalo, United States
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 5D Mark III, 1D Mark IV
“There’s not one kind of assignment that excites me the most; I enjoy photographing anything.”

Beat

I cover New York City. I shoot pictures of breaking news, the stock exchange and the courthouse on a regular basis.

One Shot

. NEW YORK, United States. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTR1D0BK
A New York City fireman battles the fire that blazes in a waterfront warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.
“This is one of the first nice pictures I shot after coming back to work for Reuters in New York City, after I had been working for another agency for a little while.”

Profile

I got my first assignment for Reuters when I was just 17 years old. I was in Buffalo, New York, and the Reuters photographer based there at the time got called away at the last minute, so he couldn’t cover an NHL hockey game. I covered the game and the assignment went well: I got my pictures and transmitted them at 3:00 a.m. I don’t think that Reuters realised how young I was though!

I didn’t do any formal journalism training, but I was mentored by a lot of Reuters staffers. When you do your first Reuters assignment in high school, you get guidance from some great photographers.

I think the assignments that left the biggest mark on me happened when I was an intern for Reuters, working in Washington and covering the White House and Capitol Hill. I was surrounded by highly talented and competitive photographers who could make interesting images out of relatively uninteresting events.

There’s not one kind of assignment that excites me the most; I enjoy photographing anything. I enjoy shooting the stock exchange as much as I like a good breaking news assignment, or a hurricane, or even the red carpet.

I’ve learnt that images can really make an impact on people’s lives. During Hurricane Sandy I shot images of a man, his family and their house, which had been destroyed by the storm. Afterwards, I got a call from a banker who had seen the pictures and he asked if I had the contact details of the man in my photo, because he wanted to help him out. He ended up helping that whole neighbourhood, by sending food, clothes and aid.

I respect photographers who just go to work everyday and manage to take great photos, whether they’re for Reuters, AP, Bloomberg, or even the Niagara Gazette.