Every Day People

In 2012, Photo editor John Clanton (left) was the Tulsa World's multimedia producer. He worked on a project called Every Day People, where he photographed someone each day for a year to produce one of the most personal portraits of Tulsa. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Years in media: 21 years

What issue fires you up: First amendment rights.

Who are the Tulsans you admire: Barbara Prose, Marc Fitzerman, Jeremy Charles. All of my kids have traits I admire.

What is your favorite local hangout: Bamboo Thai Bistro, Colony, El Rio Verde, Kaiser and Schustermann- Benson Libraries

Favorite movie: "Star Wars," "Empire of the Sun"

Favorite book: I read a lot of dystopian books. "Children of Men," "Animal Farm," "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep," "Handmaid's Tale," "Dune," "1984."

Favorite photo books: "Americans We" (Eugene Richards), "Broken Manual" (Alec Soth), "1964" (Garry Winogrand), "Cuba" (David Alan Harvey), "Requiem" (Photographers who died in Vietnam), "Bored Couples" (Martin Parr), "Workers" (Sabastio Salgado)

Favorite quote: "Photography guides me into routes where I can stay amazed." — Bieke Depoorter

Favorite photographers: David Guttenfelder, Sabastio Salgado, Eugene Richards, Alyssa Shukar, Barbara Davidson, Jessie Wardarski, Mike Simons, Bieke Depoorter, Alec Soth, Martin Parr and so many more.

Why I Do What I Do: The idea of capturing a moment that would never happen again really captivated me. I started out as a writer and took all those classes in college, but once I started taking pictures, I was really hooked. I still remember the moment when I decided that I wanted to take pictures for a living for the rest of my life.

We're supposed to be capturing how we live and the news that's important to us, and building an archive, not just for the immediate reaction and conversation, but for future generations to look back on. Documenting our little corner of the world.

Being a good father is the most important thing in the world to me. And then being a good husband. Someday I'd like to be a good photographer.