Photography & Presentation — Striking That Delicate Balance

Two world-renowned directors of photography — MaryAnne Golon of The Washington Post and Brad Smith of Sports Illustrated — discuss the sometimes-challenging, yet always-vital, relationship between photography and design in a conversation with Tim Ball.

Work — Sports Illustrated





Work — The Washington Post





Brad Smith

Director of Photography, Sports Illustrated


Brad Smith has been in New York for most of the last 30+ years, all in some form of publishing. He is currently in his third term at Sports Illustrated. Previously, he was a photo editor before becoming the Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated For Kids. He followed that with a move to the White House, serving as Assistant Director of Photography for President Bill Clinton. Then it was back to Sports Illustrated where he worked as DOP at Sports Illustrated Women. He left SI to become Photo Editor for Sports at The New York Times, where he worked for more than a decade. Brad has been back at Sports Illustrated as Director of Photography for its flagship for two years. Brad has attended nine Olympics, 19 Super Bowls, and more World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cups and Final Fours than he can count. He is on the faculty of the Summit Workshops, FotoFusion and the Eddie Adams Workshop (where he also serves on its Board of Directors). He is a guest lecturer with the Master’s Program at the School of Visual Arts and is a proud Florida Gator.

MaryAnne Golon

Director of Photography, The Washington Post


MaryAnne Golon is Assistant Managing Editor and Director of Photography at the Washington Post. Golon was previously TIME’s director of photography, where she managed the photography department of the newsweekly along with Michele Stephenson for more than 20 years. Golon led the photography team that produced the Hurricane Katrina special edition and the September 11, 2001 special black-bordered edition, each winning National Magazine Awards for single issue topics. Golon has received numerous individual picture-editing awards from Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photography competitions.

Tim Ball

Visuals Editor, Bay Area News Group


Tim Ball is Visuals Editor for the Bay Area News Group, where he oversees the photography and design departments for the San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times. He has been a design director, art director, consultant, editor and designer at more publications than is really reasonable, including but certainly not limited to The Washington Post, South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Indianapolis Star. His design work and picture editing has been honored multiple times by both SND and the National Press Photographers Association.