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

900 Victories 2/4/2015
With less than one minute remaining in the game against Cincinnati (L to ) Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart, Kia Nurse and Saniya Chong entertain associate head coach Chris Dailey as they don placards with her and Geno Auriemma’s faces and glasses that signify the milestone the UConn Huskies reached Tuesday night with a 96-36 victory at […]

Frosty Fort 1/27/2015

On Frozen Pond 1/16/2015

Boar’s Head Festival 1/12/2015
The 48th Annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival was held last weekend at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford. The event, which celebrates the Epiphany through music, dancing, pageantry and live animals. The event included a cast, choir and orchestra of more than 250 people, 16th century period costumes and a giant angel […]

Oh My. 1/12/2015
The defense by UConn and nonexistent shooting by SMU crushed the Mustangs. UConn led 47-9 at the halftime The Huskies then scored the first 27 points over 12:20 to take a 74-9 lead in the second half. Final score: 87-28.  VIEW MORE