285 Broad Street
Photo Department
Hartford, CT
Richard Messina
Photographer / Editor-Picture
My Role

As a photojournalist for The Hartford Courant, I'm responsible for covering the news that affects our readers in an informative and interesting way.
My Biography

I've always enjoyed good conversation and interesting stories. The last twenty years as a news photographer for The Hartford Courant has supplied a healthy dose of both.

In high school, my interest in photography grew out of my love of art. My appetite for journalism began even earlier -- with my siblings and my paper route of over 130 homes. By the end of the route, the news ink always rubbed off onto the inside of our forearms. So newspapers are probably literally running through my blood. We often read the papers before delivering them. It felt special to know about the news of the day before our adult customers. It's good business practices to know your product well. Although I get my news from various sized screens theses days, news and the people that make it are still an addiction.

At some point in high school I became familiar with the works of great American artist, Norman Rockwell. His wonderful way of capturing moments in the human condition in his illustrations amazed me. About that same time, my older brother bought our family's first 35mm camera, and I wanted to use it to make the kinds of pictures Rockwell painted. Years later in college studying computer science, when I saw the works of photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and his way of capturing the "decisive moment," I realized it was the documentary approach of both artists that pulled at my heart. A term paper I wrote on the photojournalistic pioneer Gordon Parks sealed my fate.

The digital revolution has been been of interest to me since college, and especially its affects on the media industry. As an entrepreneur as well, I've been involved in designing, building and implementing web technologies for years. Although the upheaval in the media industry has been tumultuous, I can't imagine a more interesting time to be in the business. There are many more great stories to be told, and since that is the essence of our business, I'm confident in its eventual rebirth.
My Interests

Web Development, Web Design, HTML5, Business, Apple Inc.
My Recent Articles

Hillary Clinton Speaks At UConn Forum 4/24/2014
Wednesday night former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Edmond Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum at the Jorgensen Center For The Performing Arts on the UConn campus. To read Daniela Altimari’s story on Clinton’s visit click here: For More Photos Click Here:

Life Imitates Art 4/24/2014
Iconography A Goose in Springtime muses What does it all mean? VIEW MORE

Clean Hartford 4/23/2014
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra recognized Earth Day by kicking off the CleanHartford anti-litter program at Keney Park in Hartford Tuesday. CleanHartford is the city’s first coordinated campaign that to address litter through enforcement, abatement and education. Driven by the city’s department of public works, the Knox Parks Foundation, the Hartford Police and local community groups, […]

The 118th Boston Marathon | Records Broken, Friendships Forged 4/22/2014

“Dear Boston…” You’re Strong, Fragile, Resilient & Embracing 4/21/2014
VIEW MORE Thousands were affected by the Boston Marathon bombing last April. The Courant caught up with five people with Connecticut ties who vow to return this year to help restore and celebrate the great race’s tradition. Please check out the video below.