Posts Tagged ‘photojournalism’

Photojournalist Gives First-Hand Account of Photographing the ’92 LA Riots

Back in 1992, photojournalist Hyungwon Kang was the only Korean-speaking photographer employed with the LA Times. So when the riots broke out after the infamous Rodney King verdict, he was sent to cover things in Koreatown.

In this short Reuters TV interview, he tells us what it was like to go in with only a camera, photographing looters and firefights and trying to stay safe in the meantime. Read more…

Iconic Photographer René Burri On Six of His Best-Known Photographs

Swiss photographer René Burri has had the opportunity to photograph some of history’s most famous personalities. His photograph of Che Guevara smoking a cigar in his office in Cuba has become nothing short of iconic, and by a fortunate turn of events, he even met and photographed Pablo Picasso.

The video above is a short interview with Burri in which he tells the stories behind six of his best-known images, including the photos of Guevara and Picasso. Read more…

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. Read more…

Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times Covers After the Stanley Cup Finals

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After the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire staff of photographers at the end of last month, the newspaper’s editor sent out a memo stating that employees would be trained in using their smartphones to contribute photography (“iPhone photography basics,” it was called).

We may be starting to see the negative effects of having an army of staff iPhoneographers rather than photojournalists. The side-by-side comparison above shows what the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times newspaper covers looked like on June 26th, 2013, two days after the Stanley Cup finals.
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Documentary: The Story of Life Magazine, Where Pictures Could Change the World

Life magazine believed that pictures could change the world. And so, during the 40s, 50s and 60s, when the United States was at its most dynamic, Life provided the illustrations for the story of America.

Famed fashion photographer John Rankin Waddell and BBC Four went in search of the people who did this — the photographers who led the charge and turned Life into a photojournalistic superpower. The documentary America in Pictures: The Story of Life Magazine (shown in its entirety above) is the result of that search. Read more…

How the Other Half Lives: Photographs of NYC’s Underbelly in the 1890s

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Jacob A. Riis arrived in New York in 1870. As the economy slowed, the Danish American photographer found himself among the many other immigrants in the area whose daily life consisted of joblessness, hunger, homelessness, and thoughts of suicide. So when he finally found work as a police reporter in 1877, he made it his mission to reveal the crime and poverty of New York City’s East Side slum district to the world.
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Photojournalist Bill Eppridge Discusses the Importance of the Still Image

At last year’s Fall Photography at the Summit, the folks at the Summit Series of Workshops got a chance to sit down and speak with legendary photojournalist Bill Eppridge. They asked him about “the importance of the still image,” and Eppridge responded by sharing the wise views on photography he has spent a lifetime acquiring. Read more…

Photog Posts Free-to-Share Photos of the Turkish Protests to Help Spread the Word

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Charles Emir Richards is only a part-time photographer, but in the industry of photojournalism, being in the right place at the right time can be almost as important as photographic skill. And it’s this that Richards has in spades: the right place at the right time.

The protests currently going on in Turkey that have attracted national attention are happening right in Richards’ backyard. And as he’s amassed more and more photos of the clash between people and police, he’s taken to Facebook to share those photos freely, allowing anyone to use them in the name of spreading the word. Read more…

Fired Chicago Sun-Times Photographers Picket Newspaper

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Chicago Sun-Times photographers, who lost their jobs in a mass layoff last week, are not going quietly into oblivion.  Most of the 30 lensfolk who got canned, plus dozens of supporters, picketed outside the newspaper building on Thursday. And leaders of the union that represents most of the photogs say there’s more to come.
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The Colbert Report’s Take on the Chicago Sun-Times’ Photojournalist Layoffs

In a short segment titled “Photojournalists vs. iPhones” on The Colbert Report yesterday, Stephen Colbert weighed in on the Chicago Sun-Times’ decision to lay off its entire photography department. Colbert pulls no punches:

But the paper will continue to have great photojournalism, because reporters are now required to learn iPhone photography basics. But only the basics, like pressing the button. If the Sun-Times is still around in a week, the reporters can move on to the advanced stuff, like using a flash, and asking flood victims to say cheese.

Canadian version here. For a non-tongue-in-cheek view, check out the photographer responses that we published earlier this week.

(via Colbert Nation via Fstoppers)