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Getting to Know Your Subjects

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What impressed Rich Shea about his experience reporting "Fatherland" — about alumnus Rich Hollander's book, Every Day Lasts a Year — was getting to know, through their correspondence, three generations of a family trapped in Krakow during Nazi occupation. "When you're done and you realize they all perished, it's quite moving," he says. "Beyond that, it's amazing how resilient this family was. They carried on with life, and they had great hope." Shea lives in Elkridge, Maryland, with his wife and two kids. Currently a full-time freelancer, he formerly held editorial positions at Teacher Magazine and New Times Broward-Palm Beach.

Photographer Frank Klein got his start in Mostar, Herzegovina, participating in a project to teach photojournalism to young adults. He had gone initially to Sarajevo to work in the schools; he left for Mostar in 1999, when the United States began bombing Serbia. So he knows about capturing serious subjects, which made him perfect for "Fatherland." One problem: "Rich [Hollander] is real bubbly. He's always smiling, always happy. That made it a little difficult," says Klein. "But I think I captured his personality pretty well." Klein is a regular contributor to Baltimore's City Paper and the Baltimore and Washington Beacon newspapers. — CP

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