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

Capital Prep Wins First State Football Crown 12/13/2014
Capital Prep upset North Branford on Saturday at Central Connecticut State University’s Arute Field to win the Class S small Connecticut championship–the school’s first such title.  VIEW MORE

From Elation to Frustration 12/2/2014
UConn fans in the student section, who had been cheering wildly seconds before, look stunned as Texas player Jonathan Holmes hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give 7th ranked Texas a shocking 55-54 win Sunday before 10,167 at sold-out Gampel Pavilion. With 2.2 seconds left and the Huskies in the lead, it was all […]

Stealing Sunshine 12/2/2014
The UConn women got a post-Thanksgiving respite from the chill of New England and traveled to the Sunshine State to steal some rays and some basketballs. After a cool start against the College of Charleston, the Huskies heated up and went on to dominate Vanderbilt and Wisconsin-Green Bay to claim the Gulf Coast Showcase title. […]

Stanford Snaps UConn Win Streak 11/18/2014
The Stanford Cardinal halted the Husky 47-game win streak in its tracks Monday night in Stanford, California.  A masterful defensive effort against Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and a cool night shooting for UConn, dropped the Huskies to 1-1 for the season. Stanford, CA – 11/17/14 – UConn forward Breanna Stewart (30) is tied up by Stanford forward […]

Election Day – Connecticut 2014 11/8/2014
An election day that started early and went well into the next morning, gave us many visual moments of intrigue.  Here are a few that the Courant photographers captured. - 11/4/14 – Hartford, CT – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy claims victory at 12:30 am as he took the stage with Lt. gov. Nancy Wyman and […]