A Salute to One Who Serves

I posted this originally on January 25, 2012 but recent events have brought me back to it and I think it important to re-post it. I think most of us believe that most police officers are great people and we all appreciate what they do for us. Unfortunately the few bad apples get all the attention and lately many of those bad apples are dominating our news sources. As I re-read this I had forgotten Jeff Stanczyk’s connection with the Cleveland Browns and in respect to the Cleveland Police Union President’s remarks yesterday, it just seemed that maybe they should beg Jeff Stanczyk to come out of retirement! We need more Jeff Stanczyks in every police department!

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Photography Unposed by Kolman Rosenberg

This past Sunday HandsOn Northeast Ohio sponsored the annual Homeless Stand Down at Cleveland’s Masonic Auditorium.  As a member of the Cleveland Photographic Society clevelandphoto.org , I was there to assist in taking photos and providing professional quality portraits for the participants.  While I was shooting near the entrance, in walked a Cleveland Police Officer who immediately attracted everyone’s attention.  Homeless participants, volunteers, the media, and children all seemed to gravitate to Cleveland Police Officer Jeff Stanczyk.  I immediately sensed that this was a very special person!  I followed Officer Stanczyk for a few moments and one homeless participant, watching me, said to me, “Be carefull or he’ll invite you to his retirement party.”  I decided right then and there that I wanted to talk to this guy.  He was kept quite occupied by people and I thought I’d try to catch up with him later.  An article published on…

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About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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