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    MAY 25, 2006
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Photojournalism student featured
in National Geographic magazine

Photo Courtesy Faye Murman
Being published in National Geographic is just about every photojournalism student’s dream, and from her first day at Temple, Faye Murman was no different.

So getting a call from National Geographic senior editor Maggie Zackowitz this spring was an “emotional experience” for her: Murman’s photo had been selected for the magazine’s “Your Shot” section, where non-professionals submit shots relating to a theme, for publication in the June issue.

“[Zackowitz] said when they looked at my photo ‘jaws dropped,’ ” Murman, 20, recalled. “Being employed by National Geographic was the goal that I was working toward, so you can imagine how thrilled I am to have a taste of what it's like so early in my life.”

A rising junior, Murman says she originally had no plans for her winning shot “other than personal enjoyment.”

Walking along Bainbridge Street, an artist’s flag installation between 5th and 6th streets caught her eye, and she grabbed her camera. National Geographic illustrations editor Susan Welchman has described the resulting image as a "very dreamy, pleasant image that creates a lot of wonder in the viewer."

“It was a chilly January evening, and the wind was blowing the flags just right,” Murman said. “I stuck around for maybe 15 minutes before I felt that I had taken some good shots.”
The photo, which she titled “Close to home,” was a perfect submission for the June “Your Shot” theme, “Where I live” — at the time, Murman lived just three blocks away.

The impact of her high-profile publication is still sinking in.

“It took months for the fact that my photo was about to be published in National Geographic to hit me. [So] many people would be looking at my photo — maybe even some of my favorite National Geographic photographers, like Steve McCurry and David Allen Harvey.

“As a photographer, I plan to travel relentlessly to every corner of the planet to reveal all aspects of the world to people who would otherwise never be able to see or experience it,” Murman said of her future plans. “To me, this is my most important task.”

- Betsy Winter