Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Brenda Manookin: Master Of The New Visual Journalism
An emerging professional challenges the notion of a traditional photojournalist
The world is filled with talented photographers who use their work to aid worthy causes. Few of them put a humanitarian agenda ahead of their own photographic goals, however. Brooks Institute 2008 graduate and independent photographer Brenda Manookin does this. As a new breed of photojournalist, her main purpose is working for change.
“We went to Afghanistan and made this documentary,” Manookin says. “I realized doing that was actually what I really cared about and what I was really passionate about. Why go work for a news organization doing all these assignments—which is great, I don’t want to put down newspapers—but why not just take control over our work and our own pictures, and do what we actually care about?
“I’m never satisfied with that idea of being a journalist,” she continues. “It’s just not enough for me. And who knows, this could all fail. But I’m just following my heart. I want to do more with my pictures than just put them out there and leave it up to the 0.1% of the population that’s going to do anything about it.”
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