285 Broad Street
Photo Department
Hartford, CT
06115
860-278-4140
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

Umbrellas Under Siege 4/15/2014
With high winds and heavy rain pedestrians on Main Street in Hartford fought to keep their umbrellas open and over their heads Tuesday afternoon April 15.   VIEW MORE

Feeding Children Everywhere 4/11/2014
Students at Manchester’s East Catholic High School gathered in the school gymnasium to make 40,000 healthy meals for Feeding Children Everywhere, a non-profit social charity. VIEW MORE  

Zion Street Fire 4/11/2014
Flames engulfed the third floor of a empty three family home on Zion Street near the intersection of Summit Street in Hartford Thursday afternoon April 10. Fire Chief Carlos M. Huertas said that given the intensity of the wind the threat to the neighborhood was significant and he credited firefighters for their tactical move of […]

Spring Flowers Grown Locally 4/11/2014
  Somers – CT – A worker waters flowers in a three-season greenhouse at Grower Direct Farms Thursday. Grower Direct supplies big box stores across New England with thousands of flowers. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | bhorrigan@courant.com

UConn Women Victory Lap 4/10/2014
The UConn women’s basketball team was honored with a victory lap around campus on Wednesday after winning its ninth national championship and completing a 40-0 season Tuesday night with a 79-58 win over previously unbeaten Notre Dame in Nashville. VIEW MORE