Beginner photographers are often the first ones to record the scenes they witness.
In the modern world, these photographs are often used to document the struggles of others in the hopes that they might understand what it’s like to live in a society where people live with the expectation of living at their place of work, a person of color, or simply people who have a different race or ethnicity.
There are, of course, some exceptions.
One of the most famous of these pioneers was Robert Frank, who took his first photojournalism job in the 1960s and became known for capturing the riots that rocked the US during the 1968 Civil Rights Movement.
Frank also took photographs of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and he documented the aftermaths of the World Trade Center attacks in New York City and the subsequent riots in Chicago.
In 2005, Frank was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his work, and his work has since been used by major newspapers, such as The New York Times, Newsweek, and USA Today, to name a few.
Now, one of his oldest friends, photographer and filmmaker Rob Frank, has taken the liberty of compiling a list of the 10 photographers who are currently the first photographer to capture the world’s first smoke bomb.
“I started out as a little bit of a beginner photographer,” said Frank.
“I was just starting out, but I became quite an accomplished photographer after I started doing some of the early things, like photographing the civil rights protests in the late 60s and early 70s.
But that started to change a bit when I started photographing people.
I started out doing black and white photography, and that started getting me into the world of color photography, but when I got into the digital world, I realized I was going to have to become a more accomplished photographer.”
While the list of photographers on the list has a few familiar faces, the most notable names are a handful of people who were first to capture and film the world at its most chaotic and volatile moments.
Among them are: Bob Kroll, a veteran of both the film industry and the photojournalistic profession, who captured the riots in Ferguson, Missouri; Bill Gates, the Microsoft cofounder who used his fame to inspire social change and inspire a worldwide movement for photography rights; and Martin Niemöller, a German photographer who captured footage of the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1944.
Frank has chosen these photographers to illustrate the ways that people and institutions can work together to protect the people, animals, and landscapes they cherish.
“It’s really important that people are aware that there are different types of people and different types [of institutions],” said Frank, adding that the people he is photographing are often marginalized and often ignored by mainstream media.
“So I’m trying to be an advocate for these photographers and the people they represent.
They have their work, but sometimes the media just takes their images and ignores them.”
A video showing the first smoke bombs was produced by the US Department of Homeland Security and published on the website of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
In 2017, the US government issued a statement about the dangers of smoke bombs and the need to document their existence.
“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Hazardous Devices Safety Advisory Committee is concerned about the proliferation of smoke-making devices, which pose a serious threat to public health and safety,” the statement reads.
“Although the committee does not have specific authority to issue regulations, we are taking all necessary steps to ensure that smoke bombs are kept out of our communities and out of public view.”
Frank said he has taken some of his photos to share on social media to give his viewers an idea of what it is like to be a part of the modern photojournalistically charged environment.
“It’s hard to explain, but to me it’s the most amazing thing,” he said.
“To see all these different people, all of them in a moment of joy, and it’s amazing to see all of that in front of you.
It’s the closest you’ll ever get to being a photographer.”