The Press: Double Exposure

A news photographer's life is not always a happy one — as A. P. Photographer Allen Snipes can testify. On election day in Tupelo, Miss, last July, he asked Representative John Rankin to let him take a candidate-voting-for-himself picture. Rankin said no. Snipes snapped a picture anyway. As he walked away, the Congressman jumped him from behind, ripped off his shirt, scratched him, snatched his camera, tore out the film. Result: no picture.

Last week in Memphis, Photographer Snipes was covering a football game, which ended — as such sporting events sometimes do — in a free-for-all. Snipes tried to take pictures...

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