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Kevin Clark's path to becoming a full-time sports photographer for The
Washington Post starts with an AIDS quilt. "I was all set to set to
pursue a career in journalism as a writer until a portion of the
AIDS quilt came to the school library," recalls Clark. "With my
teacher's camera in hand and virtually no idea how to operate it, a
photo appeared on the front page with my name and the spark was lit."
This first experience prompted him to work on the campus newspaper at
the University of Washington. And from there, Clark honed his craft
through internships with the Seattle Times, Times-Picayune,
Oregonian and Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel before finally landing at The Post in January 2001. "Photojournalism is one of the few jobs that takes you to the heights of joy and to the depths of sorrow," says Clark. "It's the only job where you can stand in a field on sugar beets one day and photograph Ken Griffey Jr. the next."