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My original picture could be classed as being photojournalistic as well as domestic photography, because even though it was taken as a souvenir and for personal use, it became a ‘’special event”, which was seen as newsworthy. These pictures were informative and spoke for themselves, like a photojournalistic photograph would. In a way, they became the story itself.

“Journalism that presents a story primarily through the use of pictures.”
(wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn accessed on 27/11/2010)

Photojournalism is basically what photography was invented for in the first place: capturing the moment in order to be able to show it to people.

Photojournalism is medium which aims to share realistic “eyewitness accounts” of events and people in the world in order to publish it in the media world, for example, they compliment a news paper article.

They can either be a series of images that speak for themselves or they can be accompanied by explanatory text.

The areas that would be more likely to offer photojournalistic opportunities are wars, special events and disaster scenes.

It is easy to confuse photojournalism with documentary photography as both of them document important events.

The difference between them is that photojournalism focuses on “special events”, e.g. a bomb explosion aftermath, whereas documentary photography documents ongoing events, for instance, how the rate in obesity has risen.

As technology developed editing photographs digitally become more and more popular, The fact that photo manipulation can bring out colours, get rid of impurities and even merge several images together has created a whole new world of possibilities for photographers.

Whereas around 50 years ago we had to believe in what we saw in the picture to be true, now people question things straight away.

Probably the most famous example in the recent years of photo manipulation in photojournalism was Brian Walski. He was an award-winning photojournalist who was covering the Iraqi war in 2003.

He hit the news when his altered photograph was used in The Times, Hartford Courant and the Chicago. When the employees noticed that in the background there were civilians who were appearing twice. He informed his superiors at The Times, Colin Crowford, the director of photography. When Crawford finally reached Walski admitted to altering the image, so Crawford fired him.

This scandal caused a lot of debate about the ethics of photo manipulation, arguing that it photo manipulation caused credibility loss for photojournalism as a profession.

Walski’s explanation was: “Things are happening so fast. You have to watch out for yourself, and look what’s going on to be able to compose pictures.” He says he was under a lot of pressure to get some good photographs by the set deadline.

“ I had ten frames of soldier totally cut off. At some point I must have zoomed out. When that guy came up with the baby, I shot off ten more frames. I had just one where you could see the soldier’s face. The others he was turned away. I put four pictures on my laptop. I was going back and forth. There was no reason to do what I did. I was playing around a little bit. I said, ‘that looks good.’ I worked it and sent it”, he continues.

However, he accepts full responsibility for what he did and says that there is no excuse for it. He also feels guilty about making his colleagues look bad.

[http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-photojournalism.htm accesed on 25/11/2010]

[http://photography-tips.lifeblob.com/2010/06/what-is-photojournalism/ accessed on 25/11/2010]

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[http://massthink.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/ut-vietnam-girl.jpg accessed on 25/10/2010]

[Julianne Hickerson Newton (2001). The burden of visual truth: the role of photojournalism in mediating reality. Routledge]

[http://www.metapedia.com/wiki/index.php?title=Talk:Cultural_Hybridity_Discussion_Spring_2008:_Week_10 accessed on 25/11/2010]

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November 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm

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