Scott Strazzante ’86 referenced in feature about new photography service

Scott Strazzante ’86 of Mill Valley, California, had a shoutout in an article published Feb. 25 in the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. Strazzante, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist currently with the San Francisco Chronicle, serves on the advisory board for the newly launched nonprofit Picture the Recovery.

“He thought the pandemic ended his career, but now he’s paying forward new successes” profiles Floridian convention photographer Chuck Fazio, who lost all his scheduled 2020 jobs in the aftermath of pandemic shutdowns. Fazio pivoted his professional work to virtual tours and drone shoots and also created Picture the Recovery to help destinations and hospitality workers bounce back.

“We pile into the RV and we show up,” he explains. “Depending upon when and where, me and some of my friends — who are some of the greatest photographers in America — do our part to bring tourism back. In a limited time, we take some very cool images we give to that destination at no cost to use in their marketing materials.

“Scott Strazzante, he’s a Pulitzer winner and works for the San Francisco Chronicle and he’s renowned for his iPhone photography. I fly a drone, plus take underwater photos. We have a lot of fun taking these photos in different ways.

“The joy for me of what we did in St. Pete, was I shot of couple places where people who had lived there for decades said that I showed them places that they had never seen before. We are showing people from out of state reasons to come visit, but we’re showing people within the jurisdiction really great places for them to get out of the house and go visit. Although you may not be able to, or want to, get on a plane and travel, you don’t need to do that to still enjoy some beautiful scenery and beautiful places to go. They exist right in your own area.”


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