The central defining core of John Long’s career is that he was a staff photographer for The Hartford Courant for thirty-five years. All other aspects of his work derive from this fact. His work in the field of Photojournalism Ethics, his love of dance and the many images he has made of dancers, his work with the homeless, his photos of the Manchester Road Race, of assorted golf tournaments and his ongoing project of creating pictures in the spirit of Edward Hooper, all are direct results of work as a staff photographer at one of the nation’s best newspapers. 

John Long is a much sought after speaker on the topic of Ethics in Photojournalism, especially in light of the electronic revolution that has changed photography as we knew it. He has written extensively and is considered to be one of the top experts in the country on the topic. He has lectured throughout the United States and in many foreign countries including South Korea, Denmark, Ireland, Mexico and others. For the past fifteen years he has been the Ethics Chairman for the National Press Photographers Association, an organization for which he served as President in 1989-90.

After retiring from The Courant, he served as an adjunct professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. Previously he taught part time at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut for five years.