Tuesday, August 16, 2011
In an era of “cell phone” photojournalism, does the professional photographer still have a role?
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The Good News
Everything isn't doom and gloom, however. There are also more opportunities to present uncensored work to a bigger audience than ever before. Photojournalists can use social media to their advantage just as citizen photojournalists, and with the addition of video and audio in cameras and the mixed-media capabilities of the web, out of adversity will come even more opportunity. Charlie Cole, a photojournalist responsible for one of the images in the famous 1989 Tank Man series from Tiananmen Square, had to keep his roll of film hidden from authorities in a Beijing toilet before he was able to send it to Newsweek. Now you can upload images to secure locations and editors while they're still being taken.
In photography, what separates the amateur from the pro has always been the ability to tell a visual story, so the cream will rise in photojournalism as in any other field... Certainly, paradigms and technologies will change, but honesty and truthThere's also support in numbers. Founded in 1947, Magnum Photos was the first notable U.S. photojournalist-led cooperative, and it began a legacy of photojournalist-owned groups like VII Photo Agency and the Associated Press. Many other organizations and websites serve as support groups for photojournalists, as well, including the NPPA and Reporters Without Borders, which both offer insurance policies and other benefits to photojournalists.
should never fade.
should never fade.
Things change, especially in tech-driven occupations like photography, and it's likely cell phone photojournalists and citizen journalism will become as essential a piece of the puzzle of traditional media as photojournalists have been since the advent of the portable camera. In photography, what separates the amateur from the pro has always been the ability to tell a visual story, so the cream will rise in photojournalism as in any other field. Regardless, the news isn't going away. Certainly, paradigms and technologies will change, but honesty and truth should never fade.
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