Camera Works

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Camera Works?

Camera Works showcases new forms of storytelling by merging the best of print journalism, photojournalism and documentary filmmaking with the interactive properties of the World Wide Web.

Camera Works will cover the range of human experience, from profound social problems to celebrations of human triumph. Our goal is to use multimedia storytelling to transport our audience beyond the boundary of their own lives to put them in direct contact with the forces, events, and personalities shaping our world daily.

Content will be drawn from a variety of sources, leading with the award-winning photographers, writers and editors of The Washington Post and Camera Works editors will also feature other photographers, photo agencies and wire services.

Over time, we intend to build a site where professional photographers, amateurs and students as well as people who simply enjoy compelling stories can come together to share ideas and learn more about the important events of the day.

We hope you will be a part of our community by visiting us often and communicating with us about the site at We would enjoy hearing your suggestions about Camera Works, including stories of subjects you would like to see us cover. Click and enjoy!

Q: Where did we get the name "Camera Works"?

Camera Works is inspired by Alfred Steiglitz's groundbreaking photo magazine "Camera Work." Published from 1903-1917, Steiglitz's magazine helped shape photography’s role as a new art form and communications medium.

Q: What are the backgrounds of Washington Post and photographers?

Camera Works’ "Post Photographers" features biographies and multimedia-enhanced galleries for each of The Washington Post and photographers.

Q: How do I contact Camera Works?

Readers can e-mail questions and comments by visiting our Contact Us page.

Q: Does Camera Works manipulate images?

We do not manipulate image content. When we publish a photo illustration or composite, we clearly label it as such.

Q: I found some of the pictures you have online to be shocking. What is your publication policy?

Our responsibility as journalists requires us to report the news as straightforwardly as possible. Images from a war or natural disaster, for example, while sometimes shocking, serve the greater purpose of informing our readers.

Our Regular Features

The Day in Photos

A compilation of the best photographs of the past 24 hours. Camera Works editors select the 10 to 12 most compelling photos each day from the hundreds of images shot by The Washington Post, Camera Works’ worldwide network of free-lance contributors, as well as photo agencies and newswires, including Reuters, Agence France Press and the Associated Press.

Post Photographers

The place to find out more about your favorite Washington Post and photographers. The Post Photographers section offers a collection of their videos, multimedia-enhanced galleries and biographies.

News Gallery Archives

An archived listing of photo galleries by news section/channel: Politics, Arts & Living, Nation, World, Metro, Business, Sports, Travel and Education.

News Video/Audio

An archived listing of video and audio clips addressing breaking news from around the world, including live reports from Post reporters in the field.

Documentary Video

An archived listing of feature documentaries covering local, national and international subjects.

Stuff You Can Buy


Q: Can I purchase photos I have seen online or in the newspaper?

Readers can purchase color reprints only of photos taken by Washington Post photographers and published in the print edition of the newspaper.

  • For personal use only
  • Browse selected photos from the collection

  • For other uses call the recorded line for information at 202-334-5666.

    Q: My event was covered by a Washington Post photographer, but the picture was not in the paper or online, can I still purchase a copy?

    No. Only pictures published in the print edition of The Washington Post can be purchased.

    Q: How do I get permission to use a photo from the paper or online on my Web site?

    Information on how to submit requests for the outside use of any editorial photography that appears in either The Washington Post or may be found at

    Contributor’s Corner

    Q: How do I submit an idea for a photo gallery?

    We welcome all reader ideas and comments. Please email us at

    Q: Can I submit my photos to appear online?

    Readers can email breaking news photos to

    By submitting your image to you agree that:

    1. We have the right to edit the text and resize the photo as needed.
    2. We are under no obligation to publish your submission.
    3. We may use your name, text and image as featured content in any medium whatsoever, including, any affiliate publication and in promotional and advertising and any derivative thereof.
    4. You warrant that you have the right or have secured all rights necessary to grant us the forgoing right and that the publication is not a violation of any existing right, including without limitation copyright or privacy.
    5. You agree to hold Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive and each of its affiliates harmless from any claim arising from or in connection with any use of the photo.
    6. You certify that you are 18 years of age or older.

    Your photo will not be considered without the following information: Your Name, Address, Email and Telephone number.

    Production Questions

    Q: What software tools do we use to build Camera Works?

    Our primary tools include: Terran Interactive’s Media Cleaner Pro, Macromedia’s Flash and Director, Apple’s QuickTime and Final Cut Pro, Adobe’s Photoshop, ImageReady, Premiere and After Effects, Real Network’s RealPlayer and Microsoft’s Media Player.

    Q: What kind of film do our photographers use?

    We use the latest digital still and digital video cameras. Post newspaper photographers also shoot color film on occasion.