politics

Dear Partisan Journalists: Don’t Drag Us Photographers Down With You

As perceptions of bias have led to devastating levels of mistrust in the media, the role of political photography has remained relatively uncontroversial. While writers might deftly tweak facts to fit a narrative, photographers covering politics have less of a scope to inject their personal opinion into their work. The camera, as they say, doesn’t lie.

Watch Top L.A. Paparazzi Hunt Down Top D.C. Politicians

Paparazzi photographers in Los Angeles spend their days and nights pursuing celebrities who aren't actually very important people on the world stage. On the other hand, politicians in Washington, D.C. have a huge global impact, yet they're largely ignored out in public. VICE recently decided to do an experiment by setting L.A. paparazzi on D.C. politicians.

Turning Down Political Ads: Noble or Stupid?

I won’t muddy the waters by going into my personal politics but, needless to say, there are things I support and things I oppose. People fall on various sides of the issues I feel strongly about. When it comes to my videography business, though, things might be getting tricky. Am I a-political? Do I have a duty as a media producer? When I heard from an agency looking to film political ads in my city I had to start thinking about all that.

Crying Toddler in Iconic Photo Never Separated from Mother

One of the most talked about photos in the ongoing immigration debate has been Getty Images photographer John Moore's iconic photo of a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying at the feet of her mother and a border patrol agent. It has become a symbol in the debate over family separations, but it has now come to light that the girl was never separated from her mother.

Meet a Photographer Whose Camera is Focused on President Trump

Andrew Harnik is a photographer for the Associated Press who's one of the people responsible for covering the President of the United States. In this 5.5-minute episode of Format's InFrame documentary series, we get an insight into Harnik's life behind a lens trained on President Trump.

White House ‘Furious’ About Russian Photos, Photog Slams Spy Stories

The White House was criticized by the media this week for allowing a Russian press photographer into the Oval Office for President Trump's meeting with Russia’s foreign minister while the U.S. media was shut out. Now the White House is reportedly "furious" about being "trolled" with the photos by Russia, and the Russian photographer is calling the media stories "nonsense."

Stock Students: Iowa Senate Hopefuls Used the Same Kids in Ads

Republican state senate candidates in Iowa have been releasing advertisements in recent weeks, introducing their lives, views, and plans. With all the photos and videos emerging at around the same time, someone noticed something peculiar: the candidates are all seen talking to the exact same group of kids in the same school hallway.

The Photographer Shooting Contrasty Closeups of Presidential Candidates

In the span of just a few short years, Seattle-based photographer Nate Gowdy went from shooting weddings, headshots, and commercial images to shooting striking photos of politicians campaigning to become the leader of the United States. His work has since been widely published, including an appearance on the cover of TIME. We spoke to Gowdy about his life and journey in photography.

Bernie vs. Trump: A Portrait Experiment

Mounting frustration with Washington politics has outsider candidates surging in the 2016 election. The obvious examples across the partisan divide are Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Although different in substance and tone neither Trump nor Sanders are the image of their party's establishment.

This 22-Year-Old is Shaking Up Political Photography with Creative Commons Images

There's a 22-year-old college student who's shaking up the world of political photography. His name is Gage Skidmore, and you've likely seen many of his photos without knowing it. He has captured and published tens of thousands of photos of virtually every major presidential candidate over the past few years, and his Creative Commons licensed photos are being used by the media and by politicians themselves.