John Blanding is an assistant chief photographer for the Globe, work which includes assigning photographers, developing photo ideas, and picture editing. As an editor, he has coordinated photo coverage of political conventions, Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics championships and the daily selection of photos for the Globe’s Metro section. As a photographer, he has covered breaking news, politics, sports, and especially likes just going out with a camera to find interesting things. For the Globe, he photographed the busing efforts to desegregate Boston schools, the Catholic Church sex scandal, and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
During high school he worked at the Gloucester Daily Times as a photographer and darkroom technician, and before the paper switched to offset printing, also prepared the engraved plates used on the presses to print photos. Blanding studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology before graduating from Boston University (journalism) and Suffolk University Law School.