Photojournalists Speak to the Museum of Photographic Arts About Their Craft

Aspiring photojournalists probably have a hard time finding much inspiration these days. The profession was ranked 188th out of 200 in terms of desirability, the entire photo staff of the Chicago Sun Times recently got the axe, and a story from earlier revealed that even the successful ones sometimes get stuck on a 12-hour flight with an empty airplane seat as a subject.

So in case you’ve always dreamed about becoming a photojournalist but you happen to find yourself low on inspiration, here’s a short video in which some successful photojournalists speak to the Museum of Photographic Arts about the craft they love and practice.


Among those interviewed was photographer Paul Hansen, whose World Press Photo 2012 winner stirred up as much controversy as it received admiration. Other interviewees such as Liz Baylen and Judy Walgren work for the LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle, respectively. All this to say that all of those interviewed have plenty of experience between them.

Check out the video at the top to hear everything these photogs had to say about their work and the life of a photojournalist, and head over to the Museum of Photographic Arts YouTube channel for more photography-related inspirational videos.

  • Michael D

    It appears that their message wasn’t important enough to hire a real photographer to shoot the piece. If they settle for stuff that looks like it was shot by an amateur with an iPhone, why would they expect anyone to hire a photographer for anything? No wonder photojournalists are discouraged.

  • Jim Holmes

    Why not print the interviews so those of us with slow connections can read them? Rural areas do not have fast internet service and 88 miles for a trip to the Library – only to be limited to on hour a day – is not worth it.