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It’s not just showing up to the scene and taking pictures. My guest this week discusses how he uses conversation to build trust and respect on the ground, even in the most dangerous and emotionally charged situations, in order to produce the best photographs for the New York Times.

Tell Me What To Say S. 2 Ep. 15: Photographer for The New York Times - Mason Trinca

Photographer for The New York Times - Mason Trinca


Mason Trinca is a documentary photographer based in Portland, Oregon.

Mason’s decision to be a photojournalist was strongly influenced by an appreciation for the power of even small images to impact the biggest environmental issues and to give voice to those who have none, a remembrance to Mason’s sister with disabilities who were unable to speak. A University of Oregon graduate with a Bachelor of Science in both environmental studies and geology, Mason continues to be inspired by nature and is passionate about camping, biking, and skiing.

His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, National Geographic Travel, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, and Vox Media. Trinca started his career off as a staff photographer at the Yakima Herald-Republic in central Washington and held internships in Colorado and Texas. He has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, Associated Press Northwest Photo Contest, and the Society of Professional Journalists.